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Old 06-24-2019, 08:43 AM   #16
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Ask the caller what underwear they are wearing and start breathing heavily.
If it's "Your computer is having a virus": Oh yeah, I know where I caught a virus, last time I was in (insert country) having sex with your wife/sister/mother/goat. Oh, and I want a refund.

And those are if I'm in a good mood!
 
Old 06-24-2019, 08:55 AM   #17
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At least you guys got your scam/spam calls in English. I got at least two in Mandarin, and don't have a clue what the scam was.

The first time I hung up, then blocked the number. Then they ring me up again the next week or whenever it was, and leave a message on my messagebank IN MANDARIN. Then they called me a couple of weeks later on a different number again and leave another message, IN MANDARIN.

If their going to try and scam you, they could at least do it in English!
 
Old 06-24-2019, 09:02 AM   #18
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You have different phone sequences for mobile than for landline?
Oh yes. They are quite different, at least in London. London landline numbers start with 010 for central London or 020 for the suburbs, followed by a 4-digit exchange number and a 4-digit personal number. Mobile numbers have a 5-digit prefix and a 6-digit personal number.
 
Old 06-24-2019, 09:55 AM   #19
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London is 020 only, followed by 8 digits usually starting with either a 3, 7 or 8. 01 hasn't been in use since the early 90s.

There were quite a few code changes, as I recall, the current 020 code replaced 0171/0181.
 
Old 06-27-2019, 11:03 PM   #20
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please hold...
 
Old 07-03-2019, 02:54 AM   #21
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That's a contradiction in terms. It's precisely because I suspect expensive toll numbers are involved that I don't take the bait. It might be fun to string them along a bit, but I have to live on a pension.
Never say "Yes" if they ask you something either. It could be recorded and dubbed in somewhere else.

I was getting a few calls from the same guy over a couple months and always hung up when I heard his voice. When I checked the number it was from Jamaica.

If it's a Microsoft Tech telling me they have detected a virus on my machine I go into a panic and take over the conversation. I told one guy I probably got it watching porn, got him to google "elephant porn" (the first thing that came to mind), go to the site and asked what he saw. He said porn. I replied now you've probably got the same virus I do and laughed.

He hung up.
 
Old 07-03-2019, 08:06 AM   #22
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"elephant porn" (the first thing that came to mind)
And exactly WHY did that come to mind so readily?
 
Old 07-03-2019, 01:28 PM   #23
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And exactly WHY did that come to mind so readily?
I don't know, it was the first thing that came to mind.

I was more surprised there was actually an elephant porn site. I haven't googled it to see but he did.

That's cheap fun.
 
Old 07-03-2019, 05:59 PM   #24
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"1 for advice or 2 for "others"."

I tend to view some British shows and don't really get all of the conversation references. I've never heard American English use the term others as any choice. Knowing if some country uses that term (translated term) may help id what rat is calling you.


I'd hang up for sure before I pressed any key.
 
  


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