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  johndrew 15:22 22 Jan 2015
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telephone offers to 'fix' contaminated systems and used online support services which were bogus this could be payback time.

The PDF makes interesting reading for those with an urge toward the legal side.

  carver 12:28 25 Jan 2015

Blackhat I'd forgot all about that, still good to hear it again.

  bumpkin 13:41 25 Jan 2015

Nice one Blackhat.

  bumpkin 16:23 25 Jan 2015

Should I have physically assaulted them??

It sounds a bad idea if two young men and you were on your own.

  BillSers 05:12 26 Jan 2015

**Overlooking the childishness of that response, I do not condone criminal activity! By simply replacing your receiver, without saying a word, you have effectively prevented any such thing - you have no need to physically attack them. In reality, there is not just one person personally targeting you, in all probability, it will be autodial set-up - so, taking the actions you propose will have little or no effect. I find these calls come and go, but surely most people who have any form of communication devices, computer, telephone, radio or TV will have heard of these types of 'sales' calls and deal with them without resorting to violence? Except, of course, those living on a 'short-fuse'!! (;-)**

Sounds like a lot of back-peddling going on here. I take it you're some sort of Audiologist and I can understand your concern on the hearing aspect. But if you are so worried about people's hearing I'd suggest concentrating less on the criminals' welfare and more on young people damaging their hearing. Why don't you devote your time standing outside discotheques with a loudhailer warning the kids their hearing will probably be damaged by the extreme decibels inside. But there again you'd look silly walking about with a megaphone strategically placed.

Another childish response... but maybe faintly amusing.

  johndrew 10:42 26 Jan 2015

Whilst I have no sympathy for any person who commits a criminal act, I can see little point in allowing such an act to stimulate a normally law abiding individual into committing an act which could also be a crime. Meeting a burglar in your own home and acting in defence is one thing, assaulting someone down a 'phone line is another entirely.

Anyway I started this thread simply to pass the information that MS appears to have tracked down and taken action against one group of scam artists that have been plaguing PC users. This rather than a discussion on the individual preferences of those who have received such calls.

  HondaMan 14:55 26 Jan 2015

Bumpkin, I have a call blocker also and, just to see what would happen, set it to block all "08" numbers. Haven't had a nuisance call since. Try it!

  Forum Editor 16:35 26 Jan 2015

I'm always astonished, every time threads like this crop up, by the number of people who think it's OK to wreak revenge on cold callers - sending ear-splitting noises down the line etc.

That kind of behaviour takes you way down below the level of those who carry out the cold-calling activities in the first place. By far the simplest way to terminate the call is just to replace the receiver - don't say anything, or do anything.

Behaving in a juvenile manner yourself isn't going to stop these people calling you in any case.

  Al94 00:04 27 Jan 2015

Oh do get off your high horse FE. The thread doesn't relate to cold callers in general, just to specific blatantly criminal calls which are easily identifiable. You must have the patience of a saint if you advocate simply replacing the receiver after being awoken by early morning calls from these scammers on several successive days.

  BillSers 05:05 27 Jan 2015

**Yesterday, I was out walking and was stopped by two young men who asked if they could have a word with me. They were Jehovah's witnesses. I said no thank you and continued my walk. They, too, were after the contents of my wallet (eventually!!) to propagate their beliefs in a mystical being. Should I have physically assaulted them??**

You remind me of forum member when he used to make completely irrelevant and obscure parallel analogies too.

  BillSers 05:07 27 Jan 2015

I'm always astonished, every time threads like this crop up, by the number of people who think it's OK to wreak revenge on cold callers - sending ear-splitting noises down the line etc.

That kind of behaviour takes you way down below the level of those who carry out the cold-calling activities in the first place. By far the simplest way to terminate the call is just to replace the receiver - don't say anything, or do anything.

Behaving in a juvenile manner yourself isn't going to stop these people calling you in any case.

Hilarious stuff. This stuffiness sounds like an old headmaster I once had.

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