We're receiving several calls a week from "card holder services" as I'm
sure all of you are who still have landlines. Instead of just hanging up
I've been pressing 1 for more info and setting the phone down. I hang it
up when the phone beeps at me. Since there's often a several minute wait
to get to a scammer ("You're number 27 in line - please wait") I figure
I've at least tied up their line for that long.
Occasionally I actually wait for an answer and keep the scammer going for
a while before I tell him/her what I'm doing. I've gotten some very
creative cussing that way :-).
I wonder. If all of us afflicted by this scam did the same, would we
make their scam unprofitable? Or at least less profitable? Seems they'd
have to rent more phone lines to keep up their volume.
There will always be a line of people willing to make cold calls and the
cost is pretty darn low compared to most other methods.
If it makes you feel better playing games with these people have fun.
If I answer the phone and there is silence I hang up and don't waste any
more of my time. If you call me you better say something when I say hello.
Sometimes I tell the caller I'm going to put the phone down and that
when they're done talking to themselves they can hang up.
Occasionally I'll ask if they will give me their home phone number so I
can call and bother them when it's convenient to me.
If a caller has a heavy accent I'll say "I'm sorry, I can't understand
you" and ask him to repeat himself until he gives up.
On Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:05:40 -0600, Steve Barker wrote:
I have fun with the guys who call and want to fix my computer. I can go
a long time describing my screen before they catch on that I don't run
windows - nobody can cuss better than a Spanish speaker :-).
On Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:20:28 +0000 (UTC), Trenbidia
I had one on the line for 45 minutes. I was not even at the computer
but strung him along. He had me reboot the computer and did not
flinch when I told him the screen now said Windows 95. He did not
flinch when I suggested we pray for the computer and chant. Finally
hung up when I told him to wait while I lit the incense to burn.
I'd have thought these guys would make there own Do Not Call List.
Actually, it would be Do Not Call This Asshole list.
The home security guy gave up after a half hour. I told him I wanted
just the equipment, not the contract for service and I was going to
hook it up to call Jared next door. He would come over if I had a
problem. I even cried when I told him I really, really, wanted it.
I like the ones who call me at work--there seem to be two kinds, the
"Police Association" looking for a handout and the ones selling an
extended car warranty.
"This is about your warranty" "Excuse me but who exactly are you trying
to reach". "MAY I SPEAK TO THE VEHICLE OWNER". "Of course, but you're
going ot have to help me out--there are more than 4000 private vehicles,
a dozen security vehicles, an assortment of construction machines, and
two aircraft at this location--to which vehicle owner do you want to
speak". Usually the response at this point is "click", but occasionally
I get "I NEED TO TALK TO THE PERSON IN CHARGE". "That would be the CEO,
I can transfer you to his secretary". At that point they generally go
away while I'm looking up the number.
"I'm calling on behalf of the AFPO . . ."
"You have reached the headquarters of one of the 100 largest businesses
in the world--all of our charitable donations are made through our
foundation. Would you like me to transfer you?"
Again they generally either give up at that point or go away while I"m
looking up the number.
I would think that they would recognize at some point that they were
getting a corporate office.
Card services evidently is trying a new bizarre way to scam us.
The wife said she got a call yesterday from them on our land line and
the caller ID showed *our home phone number* --- WTF?
Its over my head as I don't see the logic in that. Other than to get you
to pick up whats the point?
Perhaps that's the point. Once they start talking, it's harder to hang
People look up caller ID too. You can do a Google search for a phone
number and confirm whether the number is scammy or not. Sometimes they
call from a number within the area codes I'm likely to answer.
Not new. And getting you to pick up is exactly the
point - many people will ignore a number they don't
know, but almost everyone will respond to their own
The root cause of the problem is a technical flaw in
the phone system that let's scammers appear to be
calling from any number they like. It would not be
especially hard to correct that flaw, but the phone
companies have no incentive to do so (no money in
IIRC and I could be wrong, while DSL does come over the normal phone
wires, DSL is digital Subscriber Line IIRC. And not all Uverse comes
over total fiber optics especially in older established communities.
IIRC Swingman had/has Uverse many years ago with problems from squirrels
eating through twisted pairs of wires up on the poles.
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