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  1. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Gurn Blanston said:
    I once told a scammer that I couldn't see through my windows because the curtains were closed. She hung up.
    No if you can help me get into my car that I just locked my keys in. The convertible top is down and it looks like it might start raining any minute now.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #12

    Latest I've been getting have offered a $399 refund of software I've purchased, name MacAfee Antivirus, but I never have paid for it nor used it in several years.
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  3. Posts : 1,234
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #13

    A couple of years ago when I went to visit my brother he was on the phone trying to follow some instructions from who he thought was a Microsoft technician. My brother asked me to talk with that person because he thought I would follow those instructions. I made it pretty short and direct as I asked him how do you know there are issues to be addressed. That person started balking to say the least: I said thanks for your input because now we can bring the PC to our local computer shop and do our business locally. Then I immediately put the phone down.
    --- I followed up by checking my brother's PC to ensure nothing was done on his PC.
    --- To me, the average computer user should just hang up and then register on the DO NOT CALL list.
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  4. Posts : 264
    Windows 10
       #14

    Frabnkhs said:
    I'm retired. Although I'm busy enjoying life I do have time to Troll Telemarketers, especially those who "market" scams

    I have time and in a sick way.... I enjoy it
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  5. Sprenon's Avatar
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       #15

    Gurn Blanston said:
    I once told a scammer that I couldn't see through my windows because the curtains were closed. She hung up.
    This one is epic... :)
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  6. Posts : 1,286
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       #16

    My broader approach is:
    - Phone rings.
    - Look at the number.
    - Don't recognize it? Press ignore.
    - Done.

    As for the you tube videos ...
    Kitboga is really funny. I don't know how he finds the time to do this, but he's hilariously entertaining.
    The voices he does just add to the fun.

    Also ... there's a Scotsman on you tube who does similar things to waste the scammers' time.
    But he (Clive?) does extensive investigations.
    He grabs files from the scammer's PC and notify the scammer's victims.
    He contact police in the pertinent juridication.
    His videos are not funny like Kitboga. But they're still worth watching.
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  7. Posts : 638
    Win10 x64 Pro - 2 desktops, 2 laptops
       #17

    MeAndMyComputer said:
    --- To me, the average computer user should just hang up and then register on the DO NOT CALL list.
    There may be some legitimate marketeers that pay attention to the DO NOT CALL list but many don't bother to check. The scammers have nothing to lose by ignoring it.

    Our land line has been on the DO NOT CALL list for years (and I even check it occasionally to make sure it's still there). We still get multiple robocalls and an occasional real human scammer almost every day.
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  8. Posts : 1,234
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #18

    pokeefe0001 said:
    There may be some legitimate marketeers that pay attention to the DO NOT CALL list but many don't bother to check. The scammers have nothing to lose by ignoring it.

    Our land line has been on the DO NOT CALL list for years (and I even check it occasionally to make sure it's still there). We still get multiple robocalls and an occasional real human scammer almost every day.
    I know what you mean as I've been told by a few people who I help very similar stories.
    --- Would it help to re-register your land line on the DO NOT CALL list when the unwanted phone calls start coming in again too many times?
    --- A couple of my friends told me it helped them.
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  9. Frabnkhs's Avatar
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    Dual Boot: Windows 10 20H2 & Ubuntu 20.04.1
       #19

    margrave55 said:
    My broader approach is:
    - Phone rings.
    - Look at the number.
    - Don't recognize it? Press ignore.
    - Done.
    My Android phone doesn't ring if you aren't on my contacts list

    You can leave a voice message but so far (in two years) only one telemarketer left a voice message.

    That was surprising because he wished me a good day

    Android App Call Blocker

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  10. Posts : 44
    Win10 Pro 2004
       #20

    dalchina said:
    Wrong.. you press 1, then act like a sort of idiot who knows nothing about PCs, keeping them on the line as long as you possibly can, wasting as much of their time as you can, so they're not calling other people who might fall for it.
    When someone tells me my PC needs fixing, and I have time to spare, I say, maybe that's why it takes so long to boot. Oh, yes they say. So I say I'll have to switch my PC on. Ok, they say. I wait about 5 minutes. They keep asking if it has booted yet. Eventually I say it has. So they ask me to do something. I act pretty dumb. So they say to press the big button at the corner of the screen. I say I can't find it. They ask me to describe what's on my screen. I describe something that doesn't look like Windows at all (often their script hasn't asked them to check what system their target is running). Eventually after a few more minutes when they're getting nowhere, I mention I'm running Windows 3.1, or maybe Linux. At this point they sometimes go to talk to their supervisor to ask what these are. I kept someone on the phone for about 15 minutes once with a variant of this. And yes, I was continuing to get on with what I was doing while talking to the guy on the phone
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