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to be hoping to be blacklisted soon

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hopingnothopping Fri 17-May-13 12:25:10

Despite being registered with the TPS, I have had a spate of cold callers lately: people saying they are from Microsoft and want to repair my Windows computer (a common fraud), and others telling me that they have £x with my name on it due to mis-selling of PPI. I have never taken out PPI.

I have adopted a new approach which has produced interesting results.

I ask if they have a degree (so far they all have), then what they had hoped to do with their lives when they were younger, whether their mother knows what they do for a job and whether she is proud of them? I then calmly and politely suggest that they look for a job where they can do good and be proud of their work, and hold their heads up high with their families.

I have had the following responses:

Edward: Gosh, yes, I feel dreadful, I need to get another job. (I liked Edward)
William: I am doing this because my country didn't invade your country and take all your wealth 35 years ago but your lot did that to us. I hate the British for what they have done to us (he was full of vitriol that came spewing out)
Sammy: shouted at me to stay out of her life (poor Sammy seemed very stressed but her logic was remarkable when you consider that SHE phoned ME whilst I was in my own kitchen minding my own business).

So AIBU to hope I will soon be blacklisted from these fraudsters' phone lists on the basis that I upset their staff? It seems quite effective.

BTW I wouldn't be this mean to an "honest" cold caller just trying to sell me something but these guys were all working for criminal gangs and must have known it.

JenaiMorris Sun 19-May-13 19:05:29

It's my precious time being wasted by random scammers that makes me sympathetic to the OP.

Several calls a day, from people who are insistent at best, abusive at worst... That is something I don't have enough time for.

Fairylea Sun 19-May-13 20:02:27

True network guy.... I have a lot of time on my hands to post here smile so I wouldn't want to waste any of that engaging with cold callers and trying to find out their background. A simple no thanks and putting the phone down straight away does the trick!

Letitsnow9 Sun 19-May-13 22:18:34

We get so many 'virus on your computer' calls, it's our families entertainment now to see how long we can keep them on the line, we tend to give up after 5 mins. I've gone on about how proud their parents must be of them (in a sweet voice) but never asked them why they did it. Weird reactions you have had so far, I'm surprised they didn't just hang up. We had one and when my dad said he was a scammer and hung up, the scammer rang straight back to say he's not!

ComposHat Sun 19-May-13 22:24:23

Anothr one would be "yes I had a wee wee in debenhams. It was a accident"

I did genuinely piss myself in the street last December, do you think I have a claim?

KhaosandKalamity Tue 21-May-13 13:03:23

I don't know about the UK but the CommerceCommission here suggests trying to get as much information as possible, names, address, phone numbers, and reporting them. The more information they can collect about these scammers the better chance they have of stopping them. I always explain that I am busy and ask if they have a number I can all back on, or an office that I can pop in to. Usually they will not answer, but every little bit helps.

AKissIsNotAContract Tue 21-May-13 13:05:27

I did genuinely piss myself in the street last December, do you think I have a claim?

It has to be an accident that wasn't your fault.

ComposHat Tue 21-May-13 14:04:33


EatenByZombies Tue 21-May-13 16:44:35

Just say you were desperate and someone rammed you with a basket in the badder? grin

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