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    Cool Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    It's time we fought back against these dreadful criminals
    We can report them.
    We can waste their time.
    We can protect ourselves against such scammers.
    We can warn others of what happens.
    Let's do everything we can to prevent them from scamming more people.

    Do post your story of dealing with scammers, especially any way of fighting back.
    The Fightback Ninja will post ideas and stories to help you.

    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at http://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Annoy Cold Callers By Wasting Their Time
    There’s lots of ways you can waste their time
    · Pretend you can’t hear very well and make them repeat each statement several times
    · Pretend to be stupid and misunderstand everything they say
    · Repeat back to them each thing they say
    · Ask their opinion on any soap opera or reality TV series that you watch then regale them with how wonderful the programme is
    · Pretend to cry – tell them you’ve broken up with your true love and are heart broken (good for any budding actors) and pour out any anger you’re feeling.
    · Pretend you know the caller and invent a whole back story for last time you saw them and refuse to accept that they don’t know you

    Any of these tricks are likely to have the caller put down the phone but it depends how well you play your part. So enjoy yourself, be creative and waste their time.

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    Stop Cold Callers by Threatening Legal Action
    Remember, they called you uninvited – there is no need to be polite. These people can be the bane of your life with repeated calls.
    Refer them to non-existent legislation that they may be breaking. Anything that doesn’t follow their script is disconcerting to a cold caller and an authoritative voice warning them of law breaking should stop them immediately.
    For example,
    My number is registered with the telephone preference service. By calling me you are breaking section 117 of the Telecommunications Act 2012. You are personally liable to a fine of up to £5,000 for a first offence or imprisonment for further offences.
    I suggest you get your bags packed.
    Goodbye.
    This is not true of course – it is just intended to stop the cold caller from pestering you.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at http://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

    The Fightback Ninja

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    Default Re: Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    You missed one on cold callers. The old trick of saying that you have someone at the door and putting the phone down and waiting about 20 minutes then see if they are still on the phone and apologise for it and then before they get to the end repeat
    "Family means that no one gets forgotten or left behind"
    (quote from David Ogden Stiers)

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    Default Re: Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    That's a great way to waste their time and hopefully put them off calling again.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at http://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

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    Default Re: Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    Quote Originally Posted by leclerc View Post
    You missed one on cold callers. The old trick of saying that you have someone at the door and putting the phone down and waiting about 20 minutes then see if they are still on the phone and apologise for it and then before they get to the end repeat
    I find that giving my 4yr old the phone and telling her "it's Santa" works wonders too :P
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    Default Re: Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    My late mother used to use a whistle if they were persistent... Didn't seem to receive a repeat call
    I am a solicitor who specializes in consumer credit and my firm is Joanna Connolly Solicitors. My leading case of Carey v HSBC set the legal precedents for creditors compliance with s.77 & 78 Consumer Credit Act 1974 statutory requests & enforcement of debts in court. Any posts I make on Legal Beagles are for information and discussion purposes only and shouldn't be seen as legal advice. Any advice I provide is without liability. If you are unsure please seek formal legal guidance or contact your local citizens advice bureau at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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    Default Re: Let's Fight Back Against Scammers and Spammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Kati View Post
    I find that giving my 4yr old the phone and telling her "it's Santa" works wonders too :P
    Oh that is pure class!

    I don’t get any cold calls as we have a privacy package that bars all callers who withhold their number which includes any switchboards but when I did get pestered I often asked them what they were wearing……Usually got them worried.
    As many of their dialling systems are automatic they have no idea where they are calling so a couple of times I asked if they realised where they had called. When they said no, I implied they had gotten through to some sort of secret place like GCHQ and I had to take all their details as a matter of national security. Felt bad when I made one girl cry.

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    That is so wicked - I LOVE it.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at http://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

    The Fightback Ninja

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    Annoy the Cold Callers by Asking Personal Questions
    These callers have a script to follow – it tells them the questions to ask and how to respond to your answers.
    But they don’t have a script for when you ask other questions – personal questions.

    So, you could for example, tell them you are busy at the moment but will call them back at home that evening and ask for their home phone number. You won’t get it – unless they fancy you of course.
    If they say they can’t give out a home number then that leads in to the comment “I presume you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right? Now you know how I feel!"

    Or how about this example:-
    “while I've got you on the line, I’ll just ask you a couple of very brief questions?
    Where are you based?
    Who do you work for?
    What computer systems do you use?
    What is your name?
    What is the name of your manager?
    etc.

    It’s amazing how people who want to know so much about you are so unwilling to give you information about themselves.
    So, annoy the cold callers by asking them personal questions they don’t want to answer.
    You can read my blog on scammers, spammers and time-wasters at http://fightback.ninja

    And you can hear me on Brooklands Radio every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11:30 at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

    The Fightback Ninja

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