A customer told me yesterday of a funny conversation he
had with one a cold caller:
Criminal: we would like your information for your free web
Customer: why would I want to do that?
Criminal: so people can find you.
Customer: I don't want people to find me. We launder
money for the mob. The last two guys that figured out
where we were, I had to bury in the field out back.
Criminal: Well, then. Thank you for your time
And, they never called back!
Good one ! I got one of those "we got a notice of a problem with your
computer" calls earlier today . I wasn't in the mood to toy with him so I
went totally bberserk on him . Called him an f'ing crook and told him if he
ever called again i was going to sic the Fbi on him , really cursed him up
one side and down the other . When I got finished with my tirade I heard ...
nothing . Dead silence , then a soft click . I hope he calls back , I'd
like to play if I have a few minutes !
I don't think this guy was with any company in the USA , he had a very
obvious foreign accent . I thought India , but could be wrong . I just had a
great idea , if they call back I'll be effusively grateful , I'm so happy
you called ! I've just not used my computer because of the many problem I've
been having ! In fact I rarely even turn it on any more , give me a minute
to boot it up . That should give me time to boot up the Ubuntu box over in
the corner , and then the fun can start . I kinnardly wait !
From the link I posted:
"The two companies sued by Microsoft include
California-based Customer Focus Services and
Florida-based Anytime Techies"
Probably using Indian folks though. It is a good sales
pitch as M$ uses Indians and the criminals have the same
I am an all Linux shop. I work on Windows at my customer's
and just shake my head over to slow performance and instability
and utter lack of security. It is a living.
I m Triple user, iOS, Linux, Windows depending on what I am doing.
I screen every call with caller id. if strange call, I just pick up the
hand set and put it down. More important things to do than spending time
with useless callers. Another trick I play is I pretend I don't speak
English, they hang up in frustration.
Sure , it's a bit juvenile , but did you ever meet a man who wasn't just a
little ? And from my POV , every minute I'm toying with those bastards is
one minute he/she isn't spending stealing some poor old (like you) lady 's
life savings . And if I piss him/her off enough , he/she might miss a few
I just hang up. But I do feel sorry for the persons making the calls because I think that most of them are just making the calls in a last-ditch attempt to earn some money and that they are not well-enough educated to get any other type of job.
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