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to bu towards phone scam callers and wind them up ?

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mrsfuzzy Tue 10-Mar-15 22:42:24

i don't think so but you may disagree. this evening i had some foreign sounding guy call up about my 'recent car accident', he wanted details to confirm he had the right person, and advised that i'd be in line for compensation, realising it was a scam, i did not give him any details but let him run with it, and asked how much it would be etc, he was rattling around looking for answers and trying to ask me things about my bank account etc, after about 10 minutes i got bored and said 'oh, by the way, i haven't driven for the past year, and this call has been recorded for the police..' strange how quick he put the phone down. since i started winding them it's surprising how the number of calls have dropped, tps does not seem to work for calls outside the u.k.

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Tue 10-Mar-15 22:53:27

I get fed up of them except I haven't had once since my last call to my landline went like this

Caller: can I speak to the phone bill payer
Me: I don't have a phone
Caller: You don't have a phone?
Me: yes that's correct
Caller: Well what are you talking with
Me: A brick
Caller: A brick?
Me: yes a brick
Caller: hangs up

When the likes of Sky approach me in street I tell them I live in a tent, its a great non starter conversation killer

Chuggers, I haven't come up with a smart answer yet so I still avoid eye contact and run opposite side of street

backwardpossom Tue 10-Mar-15 22:55:02

I have stopped answering the phone to numbers I don't recognise. If it's important, they'll leave a message.

FarFromAnyRoad Tue 10-Mar-15 22:56:54

Just tell the chiggers you're not allowed a bank account since The Incident and you'd best not stay too long chatting to them as you're being followed. Look furtive. Scuttle off with worried backward glances!

FarFromAnyRoad Tue 10-Mar-15 22:57:42

WTF is a chigger? Bloody autocorrect.

KingJoffreyFanciesDarylDixon Tue 10-Mar-15 22:58:07


Your home, your phone, your time. Do/say what you like.

mrsfuzzy Tue 10-Mar-15 22:59:54

ignoreme - brilliant brick and tent ideas are they copy righted by you ? def want to use them.
backward - i sometimes do that with mil she calls every day but won't leave a message, and will keep calling until she hears dh's voice answering !

iklboo Tue 10-Mar-15 23:00:21

Chiggers are a species of mite that bites & causes intense irritation.

Much like chuggers then.

mrsfuzzy Tue 10-Mar-15 23:02:25

my god you lot are on form tonight, farfrom, love it, heck, i'm off to bed but hope to read some more gems tomorrow, utterly fab !

FarFromAnyRoad Tue 10-Mar-15 23:02:36

Well I never knew that ikl grin

lougle Tue 10-Mar-15 23:03:16

Microsoft telephoned me tonight. I told them I didn't have time to deal with the virus steadily corrupting my computer every time I view a web page tonight, but I'd be sure to telephone Microsoft in the morning.

The man was incredulous and pointed out that I'd only be phoning 'the very same office'.

Yes, of course I would hmm

ZenNudist Tue 10-Mar-15 23:07:02

Them: "Hello is that mrs ZenNewdust (they always get my name wrong)
Me: "No it's not I'll just get her" [puts phone down, yells for self, ignores phone for ages with occasional encouraging comments "she's on her way", "she's just on the loo","oops she's dived for the phone and missed" etc etc] grin

PrettyFeet Tue 10-Mar-15 23:08:16

I have no idea why on earth you would want to start a thread about this. Block and delete.

backwardpossom Tue 10-Mar-15 23:10:16

Why does anyone start a thread about anything PrettyFeet?

GinBunny Tue 10-Mar-15 23:10:22

ZenNudist, I'm going to try that one grin

PerditaXDream Tue 10-Mar-15 23:12:57

Please do. The more of their time you take up the less they will have to scam my mother and others like her who are vulnerable.

ZenNudist Tue 10-Mar-15 23:13:28

Pretty feet we got so annoyed we have now got do not disturb on our phone programmed from 6pm with a select few family numbers 'allowed' to call us.

Why do the bastards always call at tea time?!

fattymcfatfat Tue 10-Mar-15 23:14:54

them: we are phoning about your recent car accident
me: really? I had an accident?
tgem: thats what our records are showing
me: am I ok?
me: I didn't realise I had been in an accident, I hope I'm alright.
them: oh well maybe its someone else in your household
me: oh my god, you mean to tell me my six year old has been joyriding? when did this happen?
they hung up on me and haven't phoned since grin

LampingPolars Tue 10-Mar-15 23:19:17

Are you my husband?!

We have phone calls constantly for the people who had our phone number before us (bloody sky!). He's started keeping the cold callers on the phone for ages until they slam the phone down on him.

We do feel sorry for the dad/grandad/children's school that phone from time to time though.

GingerCuddleMonster Tue 10-Mar-15 23:21:22

them: am I speaking to MsGinger
me: possibly, it depends
them: depends on what?
me: you know, it depends on if the job has been done
them: I'm calling about the accident
me: I know I know, and don't worry the body is deep in the sea now, weighted it down we did
them: excuse me
me: look call back later, I've got more to dispose of and my saw is nearly blunt.
them: hangs up

ijustwanttobeme Tue 10-Mar-15 23:22:29

If it's house things like double glazing, soffits, fascias, conservatories and the like, I say I'll have to check with my landlord. Kills conversation dead.

If it's the accident compensation thing, I try and get them tell me all the details of 'my accident', as obviously they know something I don't ....

If it's PPI I haven't come up with a strategy yet.

Btw: this is despite me registering with the telephone preference service to stop these types of call !

iklboo Tue 10-Mar-15 23:23:44

Seasick Steve has a whole song about chiggers.

Catsrus Tue 10-Mar-15 23:29:43

I've started adopting a little old lady voice and responding to all such calls with "now dear that's just not true is it?" and "didn't your mummy teach you not to tell lies?" if they persist wink

AuntieDee Tue 10-Mar-15 23:30:51

My friend hands the phone to her 3 year old...

MrsCosmopilite Tue 10-Mar-15 23:35:03

I'm making notes here... smile

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