Solved Outwitting Scammers. ARS article relates a good story.

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
January 27, 2017 at 16:46:01
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We have all had these calls and usually we just hang up on them in this article Albert Morris (ARS) describes how he took one scammer for a ride.

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#1
January 27, 2017 at 17:52:21
I generally hang up these days but used to have a little fun with them at one time (not on the scale given tho).

One approach which can last a while is to fake deafness. If you try hard you can get them to shout louder and louder.

Another is to play the complete idiot an deliberately misconstrue every step. That usually frustrates them a treat. On one occasion I said all the power had gone off and asked it was due to the viruses.

I also recall "attempting to comply" but using some half baked pretend foreign language - scope for much misunderstanding..

Maybe my best one wasn't computers at all, it was a double glazing salesman. After keeping him going for ages I homed in on the idea that I was really quite keen on what they were offering. The next bit was to say that unfortunately I was only baby sitting and live in a two roomed rented apartment.

I've stopped rocking the boat because I felt there could be dangers in doing so with criminals. I now just ask all annoying callers "which scam is it this time". They usually go away pronto.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
January 27, 2017 at 18:06:23
Hello Derek, "I've stopped rocking the boat because I felt there could be dangers in doing so with criminals" thats my tack as well now, either that or I just hang up. It pains me to admit that I nearly got done to the tune of $10,000 but I was so fortunate that my bank stopped the transfer as being an excessive amount. How the sods got in behind my back I'll never know. The bank security explained that it was possible that they were phishing in the background while we were talking

I live and learn.


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#3
January 27, 2017 at 20:34:13
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I got a robo call not long ago saying they were monitoring my credit cards and were concerned about 'suspicious activity' and for me to hang on and talk to one of their representatives. Of course I recognized it for what it was but I was intrigued so I hung on and eventually a human answered. I just asked how they were able to monitor my credit cards. Without another word he hung up on me.

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