Turkeytop wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:11 pm
Called again and got through to a guy who spoke very poor English. Said I owe $299 for computer services. Told him I didn't ask for or receive any computer services. He said I did, two years ago. Said if I send the money it will be refunded to my bank account within four hours. I hung up.
Calling them back is the worst thing you can do. It logs your number and marks it as active
in their database. The calls will ramp up once the software determines the number connects to a live person. Scammers will also sell it to other scammers who pay good money for active number lists.
Most robo-dialers are programmed to disconnect immediately when a recorded greeting is detected. Scammers have discovered that voice mail messages aren't as productive as they used to be, and they don't want to waste time and resources leaving un-returned voice-mails when they could just keep cranking out numbers until they get an actual human on the line. These things dial hundreds if not thousands of stored and random numbers per minute, looking to hook a live fish. Pausing to leave even a recorded message sucks up valuable time the computer can use to make the next call.
I have a simple rule not to answer any number I don't recognize. If it's important they'll leave a voice mail and I can call them back if it's legit (they almost never do). I still get the calls, but I've noticed a significant decrease in the number of scam calls I receive. My guess is that the robo-dialer reaches a maximum number of tries before it flags my number as inactive and drops it off the system. I've concluded over the years that these clowns aren't worth my time. Fine with me if they don't think I'm worth theirs.
Aside from that, the guy sounds quite entertaining. Pay us for something you never bought so we can refund the money you never owed.
Guess they'll try anything.