For he past few weeks I have been plagued with telephone calls reputedly from Microsoft Windows saying that they have detected a problem with my computer.
I am quite familiar with this “scam” but I do get fed up of answering the phone to be greeted by “hello this is Rodney Jones from Microsoft Windows” in a very strong INDIAN accent.
I have repeatedly told them to go away and not ring me again as I know what they are up to, occasionally using “anglo saxon” phrases but nothing seems to have any effect as the calls keep coming.
So now I have adopted two approaches to dealing with them:-
1) I start talking a “cod” Chinese language that I have made up and it confuses the hell out of them, I could hear one young man getting exasperated at my unwillingness to engage in English and eventually put the phone down.
2) This is my favourite at the moment, I now pick up the phone and if it is the scammers I blow as hard as possible on the little whistle you see above which emanates a shrieking and piercing whistle. It is remarkable how quickly they put the phone down. It hasn’t stopped the scammers but it gives me a certain amount of person al satisfaction that I may have caused untold damage to someones hearing.
I am thinking of getting an old car horn that I can blast down the phone……….now that should be interesting!