Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

ON-CALL If it’s Friday, it must be time for On-Call, our weekly column that recounts readers experiences of being asked to dodgy jobs at dodgy times for dodgy reasons.Last week we featured the tale of a tech support chap who took a call from a tech support scammer and managed to keep him on the phone long enough to get him logged in to a Linux box. Many of you liked that story and the On-Call inbox is groaning with your own stories of handling similar scams. So we’re going to give a few of them a run.“Pete” told us that when he gets scam calls he suddenly becomes 94 years old, which gets 60 per cent to hang up. Pretending to be deaf does for another 15 per cent. “I’ll have to go I’ve just crapped myself, I’m 94!” sees another 15 per cent hang up. For the other ten per cent he says he’s “just my self, an obnoxious old git!”“Ben” told us that when scammers call he used to tell the callers he only had Macs, but that didn’t deter many. “Now I tell them we don’t have a computer or a telephone,” he told us. “Most give up, but one the other day tried to argue that I must have a phone.”

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