Wasting scammer's time: an unexpected turn
No car content, just exactly what the title says. It was one of those "calling to confirm your $500 amazon purchase" ones, which my wife's grandmother almost fell for*. So I said sure, let's waste someone's time.
Me: why you scamming people?
Him: who cares?
Me: you're taking advantage of people for money, and that's shitty
Him: it's my job
Me: get a better job! Get one that's not taking advantage of people!
Him: where do you think im from? What does my accent tell you? What jobs do you think I have?
Me: I don't know, and I'm not going to guess off your accent.
Him: Pakistan. I'm from Pakistan.
He hung up after that. I'm glad I wasted his time, because that's one less phone call he could make to someone who could fall for it. But that did not go how I expected. He hates his job just as much as I hate his job. But he might need it to feed a family. Dude speaks a second language better than I ever could, but might be stuck working for the man, hating his job, same as anyone else. And yeah, I can say "get a better job" all day, but if I had to, would I sacrifice my morals to get my kids what they need?
I'm glad I don't have to think about that too much. I'm lucky I don't have to think about that too much. I'm glad I wasted his time, but that was not the conversation I expected.
*In my wife's grandmother's defense, she got the "grandkid in jail" one and called bullshit pretty quick. I was impressed. "How come your dad won't give you the money?" "We had a fight and we're not talking." "You're not Brian! Click"
ClassicDatsunDebate last edited by
I recently got the "I'm calling from Intel about your computer"
Kept them on for a good 5 minutes
@classicdatsundebate nice! I'm all for wasting their time. Just realized it's not some villain on the other end twirling his mustache, it's some guy earning a paycheck as best he can.
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@cash-rewards I guess that's one way to look at it. I'm wondering if you'd say the same thing if it was a purse snatcher or some guy rifling lockers at the Y?
Not trolling you, just an interesting thought experiment.
Just Jeepin' last edited by
I received a phone call for the first time today via the Teams account I have at work. I knew it was unlikely to be legit; I didn't even know there was a phone number tied to the account.
Still, after the 3rd try I picked up. It turned out that the caller somehow had a missed call from my phone number, and he was desperately hoping I was calling him about a job. Apparently he's been trying to find work for a while now, sounded like he really needed me to be someone else.
This pandemic sucks. So many people hurting.
@classicdatsundebate no, you're absolutely right. I think the difference there is that a purse snatcher gets the money, while this guy gets a paycheck? And some shady company gets the money? I don't know
Mr.Ontop last edited by
I get the phone call from social security about every other day. Always a fun call.
My best was the call from the phone company back in the dark ages when people had "land lines."
Him: Hello, is this [you]?
Me: Yes it is. Who is this?
Him: Jim from ATT. I am calling to let you know that we are shutting off your phone service due to past due bills.
Me: Well, that doesn't seem right. I pay my bills every month.
Him: [Righteous tone of indignance] Well sir, that clearly isn't the case as our records show.
Me: Wait, what number did you call?
Him: 555-555-5555 [my number]
Me: Oh, there's the problem. That's not my number.
Him: What's your number?
Him: But you answered this phone.
Me: Yeah, this is my neighbor's phone. They are out of town and I am housesitting.
Him: Oh, okay.
Him: Wait, I asked for you when you answered.
Him: So how can this be your neighbor's phone if I asked for you and you answered.
Me: I just assumed you knew I was housesitting.
Man, I'm just screwing with you. I don't even have a phone.