Hello, madam, and the death of the landline

Eight scam phone calls yesterday. Time to dump the landline, it seems. No-one uses it these days. No-one with friendly intentions, anyway.

Meanwhile, I have set myself a challenge: if I have the time, and inclination, I consider it a victory when the scammer hangs up on me.

Script One

Scammer: Hello, madam. I am Chris and I am calling from the NBN. Your connection is about to be closed—

Me: Chris? Come on. What’s your real name?

Scammer: Yes, madam, my real name is Chris—

Me: Well, I’m going to call you Ranjit.

Scammer: No, madam, my name is—

Me: Okay, would you prefer Rahul?

Beep, beep, beep …

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