PeteJ wrote:When you answer the phone and someone tries to scam you in an incomprehensible Indian voice. Sometimes it's fun to play games with them ...
I quite enjoy their attempts to convince us of their honest intentions through, first of all, giving a false name à la Ford Prefect; the best one I heard was "Sean Bond". On that occasion I answered him, "Hey Sean, how are
you? I've not heard from you in ages ... and your Mum? Is she recovering?" And so on.
The guy on the other end persisted - was I stupid? Of course his voice sounded odd ... didn't I realise that there could be two people called Sean Bond?
PeteJ wrote:... but it feels a bit unkind.
Nah - they would take you for everything if they could. Old 007 wanted me to give remote access to my desktop machine in order to fix its, supposed, Microsnot operating system. I played along for a good 15 minutes whilst typing up some work before leaving him on hold whilst I made tea.
I always keep the conversation on something other than what they called about e.g. what was on television the previous night. Many of them seem to have been primed on sports and popular soap operas, both subjects about which I know nothing but I'm happy to improvise. When boredom sets in I've found that inquiring into their religion and then questioning its attitude to liars will usually result in them hanging up, but they can be remarkably resilient.