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How to deal with cold calls? How do you deals with cold calls and scammers? Keep getting them from people who are obviously Asian. Seemingly called Lucy and Darren or Wayne. Not sure how thick thes… Read More
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
How to deal with cold calls? How do you deals with cold calls and scammers?

Keep getting them from people who are obviously Asian. Seemingly called Lucy and Darren or Wayne. Not sure how thick these people are using these names but when I ask what their surname is as they don't sound like any of these names they just appear to hang up. Not sure why?!!

They still brazen it out when I say I am ex directory.

How do you deal with these fraudsters and conpeople? Should I invest in a whistle, play along with them and then blow it as hard as possible?!!

Scumbags.

Had one the other day telling me my computer was at risk. His pigeon English kind of gave the game away. Is it best just to lead them on and then be as offensive as possible?

Maybe asking again whatever name they are calling themselves and the fact that I know they are banging their parent?
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
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#1
I used to lead them on and then start talking like a looney, as if I'd lost my memory and say things like " why are you calling again, whats your name again and when they would answer their name I would say thats my name are you taking the **** out of me and start telling them stories. I dont get called anymore :)
#2
Just say "no thank you". Don't get into any kind of conversation, don't respond.
#3
I let all calls go to answer phone and only call back people i want to speak to.
#4
I remember what I was little a weirdo kept calling our house phone and asking my mum what colour knickers she was wearing. She invested in a whistle. He never called back again! Haha X)
#5
put them on reject list that's what I do
#6
accident claim SCUMMERS :D:D:D
#7
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#8
I recently saw a great video on YouTube on how to deal with these calls. It's really very simple.... EVERYTHING they ask, you respond with "YES". They believe you're a really easy customer, up until they start asking for your information and you reply with a "YES". Won't be long before they're asking if you're an A-H :p
#9
rhinopaul
I used to lead them on and then start talking like a looney, as if I'd lost my memory and say things like " why are you calling again, whats your name again and when they would answer their name I would say thats my name are you taking the **** out of me and start telling them stories. I dont get called anymore :)

LOL - yes I kind of do the same and sadly I find it quite amusing because they have no clue they are being wound up!!

I know it seems like an easy thing to do but I am crap at thinking for myself. Asking on here has given me a few good ideas.

My new idea is asking them who they are trying to speak to and then telling them no one but Umar with a surname ending with t lives here and asking them if they are looking for Umar ...

Well, you get it!

Couldn't of thought about it without it being pointed out. Cheers.

Umar T!
#11
LeahMinttoutou
I remember what I was little a weirdo kept calling our house phone and asking my mum what colour knickers she was wearing. She invested in a whistle. He never called back again! Haha X)

Sorry!

Don't worry - she never told me the day she had black or red!!
#12
KareemSaid
LeahMinttoutou
I remember what I was little a weirdo kept calling our house phone and asking my mum what colour knickers she was wearing. She invested in a whistle. He never called back again! Haha X)
Sorry!
Don't worry - she never told me the day she had black or red!!
Lol she is abit saucy lol
#13
Thanks for the answers guys. Great suggestions.

Think I'll just go with the wind up for as long as possible and then be as rude as possible.

Obviously whoever is the puppetmaster is really thick. Lucy & Darren!?? If you were callled Sonia or Shah you'd be a lot more believable - when that's what you sound like!!!

Doh!
#14
LeahMinttoutou
KareemSaid
LeahMinttoutou
I remember what I was little a weirdo kept calling our house phone and asking my mum what colour knickers she was wearing. She invested in a whistle. He never called back again! Haha X)
Sorry!
Don't worry - she never told me the day she had black or red!!
Lol she is abit saucy lol

Dammit - never knew she told you about it!

Kevin from India instigated it - honestly!!
#15
what abut talking for a long time then going all quite a soon as they are a but give up speak again and then at the end say I think u got the wrong number. or if it's for a car I say I don't drive and don't use cars same with pc guys tell them u don't know how too use one.
#16
I warn them they have got the wrong number, they are talking to the UK fraud department, and then I pretend we are on to them.
#17
I just needed some advice to fire up the shi7berg!!

I really am that slow. But the suggestions have been just what I need, thanks.

Lots of ideas but the 1st one is going to be to see if they know my name - and then bugga them about until I tell them my name. Umar ++nt!
#18
I got the "Your computer has a virus" call and was off with a stinking cold so I played along acting clueless.

They said go to this website and click on this program - I googled blue screens of death and read it out to them being utterly dismayed. They got me to try again, I read out a different one again with suitable cries of anguish. Several attempts later (still getting no further) they suggested I pay for an extended support package where they could remotely wipe and reinstall Windows should I ever get infected with viruses. "Sign me up!" and read out a fictional credit number with all the accompanying false details - they never queried that the name on my card wasn't the same as the one they'd ask to speak to right at the beginning. (I'd googled Joker and chosen the Dutch translation for the surname).
An hour later they rang again to say the payment had been rejected. I told them I wasn't having a good day and went through the whole charade again transposing one number. One hour later, another call and they suggested I call my bank and get the payment put through as a matter of urgency. I think it sank in eventually and they didnt call back. Total time wasted for them: almost three and a half hours!

But at least they weren;t calling anyone else! :-)
#19
String them on for as long as you physically can.
Keep a stopwatch and a keep a record of your longest and shortest times, and try to always beat your best!
The more time you waste, the less vulnerable people get actually scammed :)
#20
what about u give them some heat fro hot uk deals
#21
just be really abusive they soon hang up
#22
raggedy
I got the "Your computer has a virus" call and was off with a stinking cold so I played along acting clueless.
They said go to this website and click on this program - I googled blue screens of death and read it out to them being utterly dismayed. They got me to try again, I read out a different one again with suitable cries of anguish. Several attempts later (still getting no further) they suggested I pay for an extended support package where they could remotely wipe and reinstall Windows should I ever get infected with viruses. "Sign me up!" and read out a fictional credit number with all the accompanying false details - they never queried that the name on my card wasn't the same as the one they'd ask to speak to right at the beginning. (I'd googled Joker and chosen the Dutch translation for the surname).
An hour later they rang again to say the payment had been rejected. I told them I wasn't having a good day and went through the whole charade again transposing one number. One hour later, another call and they suggested I call my bank and get the payment put through as a matter of urgency. I think it sank in eventually and they didnt call back. Total time wasted for them: almost three and a half hours!
But at least they weren;t calling anyone else! :-)

That's really funny!

Really appreciate the answers. Stupidly they have flummoxed me and I have played along. Until they realise they have been rumbled. Have lots of options now.

Ask them what company, phone number and full name "Lucy" or "Kevin" have. Completely string them along for a long time or simply be beyond absuive - after of course lulling them into a false sense of security haha!

I don't feel sorry for these scumbags however they obtained my number. They are simply fraudsters and unfortunately they will get a hit off a vulnerable person in every 1000 calls.

And with that realisation I think I will ask what company they are from and phone number - this is where they usually hang up - so will try to get their name in before they do. 99.9% of the time they have the same name ending in nt!
#23
Play scary, squeaky voices from a horror movie on the phone :D
#24
I tell them they have called my work phone and could they call me in a bit on a different number.

They happily agree.

Then i give them a number of a previous scam caller. Let them fight it out amongst themselves. 8)
#25
KareemSaid
LeahMinttoutou
KareemSaid
LeahMinttoutou
I remember what I was little a weirdo kept calling our house phone and asking my mum what colour knickers she was wearing. She invested in a whistle. He never called back again! Haha X)
Sorry!
Don't worry - she never told me the day she had black or red!!
Lol she is abit saucy lol
Dammit - never knew she told you about it!
Kevin from India instigated it - honestly!!
That Kevin is bloody pain! Lol
#26
Just put them on hold and see how long they wait
#27
I have done that often. If I have time in the mood, I string them along and do everything they ask. Till it becomes unbearbale for them. I suggest they might be right, see my PC is booting up so slow ! And keep them waiting tillit boots up. Longest I had was 12 minutes booting time Finally the inevitable request to log into their website so that they can peer into my pc. Thats when I say browser crashed. Need to reboot, again ! Meantime put them on hold whilst answering the door, postman, courier at the door, dog barking etc etc.

Finally I tell them that after rebooting, it shows Linux. That really gets them mad and start swearing. I give it back if in the mood. Else have a chuckle and disconnect. Must say, the calls have reduced lately.
#28
As for the car accidents, I simply tell them to send me the cheque for the claims minus their commission, since they know everything about the multiple accidents I have had.
#29
I just wind em up as much as possible. Last time they said there had been suspicious activity on my PC so I played along a bit then told them the dog probably caused the suspicious activity last time she was on the PC. Even got the dog to 'speak' to them! Aim to keep them on phone as long as possible, amuse myself winding em up & stop em ringing other more vulnerable people!!

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