“..A woman has cold-called thousands of people to sell trauma insurance by posing as a child cancer victim.
Financial adviser Grahame Thomas has admitted to the Herald on Sunday that “Julie” – who describes herself as a solo mother with five cases of child cancer in her family – is a fiction.
Thomas recruited a friend to record Julie’s tragic tale, then used an automated calling system to dial thousands of New Zealand numbers and play her sales pitch down the line.
In the message, Julie says she knows the stress child cancer can cause families – which is why she is offering insurance packages with trauma and disability options.
The calling system runs between 11am and 7pm – and calls every number combination in a particular area code.
Thomas, 64, admits Julie does not exist and that he was neither registered as a financial adviser – nor enrolled with a complaints resolution scheme as the law requires.
He said his friend who recorded the message was a single mum and worked in the health industry.
But she was not called Julie and her family had not been devastated by cancer.
“It’s just a story,” he said…”
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