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Windows? I’ve Got Some Windows For You, Scammers

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
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A reader named Donna just shared an ingenious way to take a little revenge on those scammers that won’t stop with their fake Microsoft calls. We’ve discussed the scam many times and you can click here to learn more.

Now check out how Donna deals with their persistent calls.

“I used to get these scammer calls from Microsoft MANY times a week, and of course they are speaking in a broken English accent. I have told them I don’t even OWN a computer and they get dumb-founded by my statement as they say “Everyone has Windows” even with me saying I DONT even have any type of electronics in my home!

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Hanging up on them only makes them more determined to call back many more times so what I have come up with is when they call, I tell them “Where the he** are my windows, I have ordered my windows 6 months ago and you haven’t delivered them yet. I paid A LOT of money up front and you people refuse to deliver them? My windows are falling out of my house so send them to me IMMEDIATELY or I am going to hire a lawyer, then turn you into General Attorneys Office. They say ”No No I mean computer windows”, I ignore the WORD computer and keep on telling them I want my windows NOW and go on and on about my home windows, They finally get I KNOW they are trying to scam me with my ranting and raving and threats. I also tell them this phone conversation is being recorded and traced and BAM they hang up on me.

Oh yeah, I had a few of these scammers tell me to Quote” Go F*** Off or F*** YOU, in their broken ENGLISH and they sure know our swear words by heart” and hang up, as I Heartly LMBO at them but guess what, I am not getting anymore calls from them anymore..ROFL!! Putting your phone down as they give their so called presentation DONT work either as they WILL call back continue their daily calls. I’ve tried the whistle approach, it DONT work, they call back!! Let your answering machine or voice mail pick up their calls as they WONT leave a message either and that way you don’t have to even worry about speaking to these Spammers!! Just giving you all a way to help stop these spammers from my own experience..Hope it helps!! Have a GREAT DAY Everyone!!”

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Donna, I like the way you think. Truthfully, since most of these calls are coming from outside the country, there’s not a lot that anyone can do about them. You can report them to the police and the government, but they don’t have much power to touch these guys. You can block numbers, but they use multiple numbers and may still be able to get through.

You do have the power to educate yourself about scams, to just ignore them and, like Donna, have some fun at their expense when you get the chance. Don’t ever let these guys bully you and don’t feel the least bit sorry for them. This isn’t some poor guy just doing his job trying to sell you something legitimate on the phone.

These are scammers and every thing they tell you is a lie and they know it’s a lie. So feel free to let them have it. Do you have a strategy for dealing with scammers? Let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia

 

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18 Responses to “Windows? I’ve Got Some Windows For You, Scammers”

  1. Terri Bradley says:

    When they ring me I usually tell them to get a real job & stop scamming people, they don’t seem to like that & hang up.
    The other scammers who say they are from the tax office & that I have a refund due, they then ask me do I know why I have this refund so I say yes so you can scam me into getting my banking details then clean my bank out. They don’t seem to like that either. They certainly are a nuisance but I do not understand why people are still falling for it, when there is so much information out there about the scam.

  2. Eric Vogt says:

    NOMOROBO.com works well.screen about 95 % of scammer calls, all anonymous calls and calls that wont’t display Caller ID.
    I heard a rumor that there is a system coming soon that will forward all of these scammer calls, etc. to a phone call to Belize and they have the legal authority to tag each call with a $25 charge. Won’t that be sweet.

    • Debbi Clemons says:

      That’s what I use and it’s great…it’s a shame more people don’t know about it. They are adding new carriers all the time.

    • Virginia Smith says:

      NOMOROBO.com does not work for traditional landlines or wireless phones. :(

  3. Jeanine Brown says:

    My Dad used to play with telemarketers by letting them give the whole spiel, then informing them that he was hard of hearing, and could they please speak a little louder. After the 2nd time around, he would say that he could only pick up about every third word, and could they please speak a little louder. They would hang up:) and not call back!

  4. Jim Dobbins says:

    Ha! I tell them I own a Mac or that I’m a “Special Agent” and please keep talking for another 30 seconds.

  5. Randi H says:

    I usually say something like “you don’t work for Microsoft, you don’t know anything about my computer, you are just common criminals and if you call back I will report you to the police”. Only stops the calls for a day or two but makes me feel better! What ever happened to the funding for the “Do Not Call” list so this b8@lshit can stop?

  6. Joe Williams says:

    I had one, claimed to be from Publishers Clearing House, tell me I had won a new Mercedes. All I had to do was meet him with $500 cash (to cover transfer expenses) across the street from the USPS bldg. I said I was really happy but it would take a couple of hours for me to get the cash. We talked some more about the meeting time and then I also said my uncle would drive me down to pu the car. Then I told him I was giving my old car for as my present for his fishing car since he had just retired from the FBI. We both entered a hot @#$%^& conversation and then he hung up.

    Have had similar calls and dealt with them in somewhat the same way. This is fun.
    What really gets me are the ones I don’t answer. Sometimes I call them back only to find “this is not a working number” or a busy signal which indicates another sucker call is already underway. Thank goodness for a caller ID!

  7. Debbi clemons says:

    https://www.nomorobo.com/ check out this site, if your carrier is listed you can stop them for good I use this on my house phone, and some cell phone servers are also covered, it’s free. I have had it for over a yr now on my phone and they just don’t get through. One ring and it cuts them off!

  8. Brenda says:

    Why not just hang up? You don’t owe them the courtesy of saying a word.

  9. Harold Dowdney says:

    If the call about a credit card I tell them I just lost my job and could sure use the card to pay bills. Didn’t know how I was going to pay it back.

  10. Jackie says:

    I have a couple of different responses for these jerks. Sometimes I will tell them I have an Apple computer that does not run on Windows so I know they are lying scum. They hang up. Or, I tell them that my son runs an IT company and he is tracing their calls because we know it’s a scam, and they hang up.

  11. Robyn says:

    Pick up the phone and say “911. What is your emergency?” That works pretty good. They tend to just hang up.

  12. lyn says:

    I do one of a couple of things.
    1) If I do not know the number I do not answer but will respond to proper message left.
    2) Or when I pick up the call I yelling into the phone quickly
    “the deed is done! blood is everywhere, run, run, run, all of our calls are being monitored” and then I hang up.

  13. Lynn says:

    I get these calls from time to time. I just tell them I don’t own a computer. The other day one asked me if I was sure there was no one in the household that owned a computer. I’m still laughing!!!

  14. Deanna says:

    The last time one of the spammers from Microsoft called, I said “Oh, I am so glad you called. I have been having trouble with the computer in my car.” I went on and on about what it was doing and asking them questions as to what they thought. It stopped him in his tracks and I haven’t received a call since.

  15. Karen F says:

    I had one ‘Microsoft’ call recently and when he started his script, I told him “Oh, I’m glad you called…I’ve been having so much trouble with my computer”. Of course, he was more than willing to help. I then asked him if he could please call me back on my other phone line that was next to my computer, as the number he called was a land line and it didn’t reach my computer. Of course, he would call me right back at the other number…and I gave him the number to our local police department.

  16. Joan says:

    For nomorobo to work your local telephone company has to subscribe to the service; mine doesn’t. As for the suggestion “just hang up” does not deter these scumbags; they know they have reached a live person and will call continually.

    December 2013 I bought a Pro Call Blocker, the model I purchased will block 1200 calls and it has been wonderful! It does not show the callers name, that’s what your caller id is for, but does show the number, of course, date, time, and what number that call is. You have the option to black list the number or remove the number from the list. Most spam callers are persistent and will call back 4 or 5 times in a week. But once they have been black listed the home phone rings one time and then disconnects the caller. When I hear the phone ring that one time I know it’s some lowlife that I have previously blocked and then the calls just stop.

    Most of the spam calls are computer generated so they will never leave a message on my answering machine. I highly recommend this device since nothing has been invented yet to make the spammers telephone explode in their hand. Until that device comes along I will continue to use the Pro Call Blocker.

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