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Some people just don't have the patience to be scammers
I don't know why, but the scam calls from "Microsoft Windows" seem to come in waves. I won't get any for weeks or months then several come along in quick succession. I don't know how this "business" operates, for all I know the scammers are exploiting the people who actually make the calls, but the young man who just called now definitely needs to improve his "sales" technique if he's going to get anywhere as a scam artist.

First, without any preamble, he told me to go and switch on my computer. When I asked him why, I didn't get the usual spiel, just a curt statement that there was a problem with it. The conversation then went like this:

(scammer) "I have a red light flashing here that shows me that there is a problem. Let me show you all the viruses."

(me) "My computer is fine. I don't have any problems with it."

(scammer) "I will show you that hackers have been installing viruses on your computer."

(me) "What, hackers like you?"

(scammer) "F&*^ your computer!"

(me, laughing) "What did you just say?"

(scammer) "F&*^ your computer! And f&*^ you!

And then he hung up before I could tell him that that was no way to persuade people to hand over cash.

Sometimes I like to play them along and If I'd wanted to keep him on the line to waste more of his time, I shouldn't have revealed my hand so early in the conversation, but I wasn't in the mood for scammer baiting as I have too much to do today. But I think this particular scam has just about run its course. What will they come up with next, I wonder?

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davesmusictank From: davesmusictank Date: September 27th, 2014 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
My cousin got caught form one of these scammers over a year ago and i told the idiot to put the phone down straight away but he thought it was genuine. Hey presto, his laptop is now buggered up. One day i will look at the machine but will probably end up re-installing the whole Vista package for him.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 28th, 2014 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would just hang up on them, but they nearly fooled the elderly ladies I walk the dog for. Fortunately, they are both very deaf and what with a poor line and the caller's accent, they couldn't understand him. I stressed on them that they should just hang up the phone if it happened again, but these scammers prey on people's lack of knowledge and fear of things going wrong. Because if that, if I'm in the mood, I'll try to waste their time by stringing them along for a while, but if I'm busy, I can't be bothered.
coth From: coth Date: September 27th, 2014 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice! Not!

Let's hope the next one is as easy to spot and ignore.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 28th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are some worrying scams reported on You and Yours and as you say, the next scam may not be so easy to spot.
seaivy From: seaivy Date: September 27th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You tell 'em!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 28th, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, as I see it, if they're going to pester me, I may as well get some amusement out of them
From: aulus_poliutos Date: September 27th, 2014 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Since any sort of phone advertisment has become illegal in Germany, that stuff went down. And if I still get one, I say, "you're aware that my phone has saved your number which I will forward to my lawyer asap." They can't get out of the line fast enough. *grin*
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 28th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be a good law to implement here, though as these cold callers seem to operate out of India and are trying to con people out of money, it probably wouldn't have all that much effect. However, it may make people more confident in hanging up the phone and refusing to go along with what they're telling them to do. Unfortunately, people who don't understand computers can get taken in by them.
From: cmcmck Date: September 28th, 2014 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
We've found that signing up to TPS has stopped almost all of this nonsense.

The few that get through (perhaps a couple a year) get told this is the case and that our phone has an ex directory number, a holdover from my teaching days, which makes what they're attempting to do illegal.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 28th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
We signed up to the TPS years ago, so basically we only get the con artists phoning us now.
From: cmcmck Date: September 28th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
You seem to get more than we do.
Robert Sinclair From: Robert Sinclair Date: September 30th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sounds like a frustrated scammer.. Lol!

e was probably hurting that he didn't get to convince anyone that day. Try to be good next time, play along and waste his time. :)
Robert Sinclair From: Robert Sinclair Date: September 30th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I pull jokes on these people whenever they call. No worries, got tips to lead them on for a while only to annoy them in the end from Callercenter and it's hilarious when they sigh in frustration and finally hang up!
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