A guest post by Susan
My response to cold callers and scammers varies depending on my mood… Sometimes I just put the phone down. If I stay on the line, I always ask their name and I never confirm my name.
I never swear at them because it’s pointless – they’re just trying to earn money.
Once I had a guy ring me up telling me I had won some prize and all I had to do to get the prize was answer a simple question. It was obviously a scam so I played along.
Caller: What is the capital of France?
Me: Louisiana – that’s French.
Caller: No, the capital of France.
Me: Oh a city – New Orleans.
Caller: No. Try again. What’s the capital of France?
Me: Luxembourg – that’s in Europe. Right?
I answered Egypt, New York – anything that came to mind.
In the end, even he was laughing.
Of course I didn’t get the non-existent prize, but I did waste ten minutes of his time.