What can I do about Currys mis-selling broadband to elderly vulnerable people??

James_Cater
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edited 22 December 2023 at 12:40PM in Consumer rights

My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

 All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!

 I mean, !!!!!!? That type of bully sale would be bad enough on a laptop - but a dashcam??

 So she ended up with a much worse deal on her monthly broadband, plus it was an FTTP package so she won't see another cheap broadband deal again ever, and she's now lost her landline. And will get a huge bill from the previous broadband provider as she wasn't even out of contract!

 I have contacted the broadband provider, having found this con out, and luckily it's within their cooling off period still, so they will terminate the contract. The first new contract I can get started is early-mid January, so that means she's also left with no broadband or landline over Christmas.

 To be honest, that type of forced sale on vulnerable people REALLY pisses me off, so I want to screw all of these rotters for as much as I possibly can in compensation for the poor service, loss of service, financial hardship, and anything else I can to stop them doing this to anyone else.

 I suspect I'd get better and faster results if the broadband provider was responsible (thanks to the threat of OFCOM), but other than the service not working, it's not really their fault this time.

 Currys don't even have an email address to complain to, which again irritates me, so I'm going to have to try and phone them to get a complaint started.

 What else can I do, how can I escalate things, and who can actually punish Currys for these dirty tactics?


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  • unforeseen
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    If she is elderly and vulnerable then why didn't you or another responsible adult go with her? 

  • Is 70s elderly now ..... ? 🤨
  • sevenhills
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    My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

     All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!


    The salesman wasn't to know that your mother had a good broadband deal already.

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  • My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

     All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!


    The salesman wasn't to know that your mother had a good broadband deal already.




    But he could have at least asked her, or attempted to carry out some further due diligence if he wanted to sell a contract that much.

    I obviously wasn't there, but if it happened more or less as the Op says it did then it appears that there wasn't enough fact-finding about the current contract by the rep before he was overcome by the smell and taste of his soon-to-be commission!
  • prowla
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    Don't shop at Currys.
  • Pollycat
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    My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

     All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!


    The salesman wasn't to know that your mother had a good broadband deal already.




    But he could have at least asked her, or attempted to carry out some further due diligence if he wanted to sell a contract that much.

    I obviously wasn't there, but if it happened more or less as the Op says it did then it appears that there wasn't enough fact-finding about the current contract by the rep before he was overcome by the smell and taste of his soon-to-be commission!
    Maybe he did ask her.

    We only have a 2nd hand account of what exactly was asked, answered and said.
  • The_Unready
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    edited 21 December 2023 at 8:09AM
    Pollycat said:

    My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

     All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!


    The salesman wasn't to know that your mother had a good broadband deal already.




    But he could have at least asked her, or attempted to carry out some further due diligence if he wanted to sell a contract that much.

    I obviously wasn't there, but if it happened more or less as the Op says it did then it appears that there wasn't enough fact-finding about the current contract by the rep before he was overcome by the smell and taste of his soon-to-be commission!
    Maybe he did ask her.

    We only have a 2nd hand account of what exactly was asked, answered and said.
    Which is exactly what I said in my previous post!
  • la531983
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    My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

     All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!


    The salesman wasn't to know that your mother had a good broadband deal already.







    And nor are sales staff on minimum wage meant to act as social workers.
  • Pollycat
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    Pollycat said:

    My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

     All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!


    The salesman wasn't to know that your mother had a good broadband deal already.




    But he could have at least asked her, or attempted to carry out some further due diligence if he wanted to sell a contract that much.

    I obviously wasn't there, but if it happened more or less as the Op says it did then it appears that there wasn't enough fact-finding about the current contract by the rep before he was overcome by the smell and taste of his soon-to-be commission!
    Maybe he did ask her.

    We only have a 2nd hand account of what exactly was asked, answered and said.
    Which is exactly what I said in my previous post!
    Did you?
    Where?

    My Mum (in her 70s and not tech-savvy) bought a dashcam from Curry's.

     All good, but then the salesman got hold of her and slimed her into switching her broadband contract as well!


    The salesman wasn't to know that your mother had a good broadband deal already.




    But he could have at least asked her, or attempted to carry out some further due diligence if he wanted to sell a contract that much.

    I obviously wasn't there, but if it happened more or less as the Op says it did then it appears that there wasn't enough fact-finding about the current contract by the rep before he was overcome by the smell and taste of his soon-to-be commission!

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