When your dog dies, you might get a little bit angry while you are dealing with the grief. And if a scammer should happen to call you while you are dealing with the anger part of your grief, you may take that anger out on the scammer. As it turns out, this is a very good way to get scammers to hang up.
In particular, I have one scammer that has been calling my number for many years. He has a very distinctive voice and he is always claiming to be part of police stuff or fire stuff, you know the nonsense. For some reason, this guy thinks my name is Gerald. Anyway, when he called today and was jabbering away, I just waited. When he finally stopped, I responded.
My friends, I went off. I went off hard. I swore up and down and left and right and back and forth. I told him all about his lack of moral values and what a piece of…well you get the idea, he was. And he stammered and very quietly said ok then, and hung up.
I have actually done this several times now. And you know what? It feels really good. These folks know they are trying to scam innocent and often elderly or disabled people out of their money. If anyone deserves to hear it from me, they do. Of course, normally they hang up as soon as I inform them they are scammers. But just getting that out is kind of fun.
I highly recommend it.
Please do not do this to regular and legitimate telemarketers and people calling you though. If you are having problems with legitimate telemarketing, use the do not call lists and other services that help with those. Legitimate telemarketers will stop calling. If they don’t, when you can identify an actual company, you can go after it for damages. Those damages can add up to quite a lot of money in extreme cases. In such a case, it is better to hit them where it hurts, as opposed to yelling at the employee making 7.25 an hour, barely allowed time to get up to use the bathroom. We cannot go after the scammers though, and they know what they are doing. So as far as I am concerned, have at it.