UK readers are probably sick to death of the people who phone up claiming to be from Microsoft about a virus being detected on your computer. If I have the time I tend to keep them on the phone with stupid questions, or just trying to wind them up, on the assumption that if they are talking to me then they can’t be preying on someone else. Usually that works fairly well and they hang up.
Today I had a different one. He had a new script, something to do with car accidents, and once we had established that I didn’t have a car he was quite willing to admit that he was running a scam and was out to defraud me. He was also happy to stay on the phone and swap insults. I guess they must get bored in their call center.
Still, like email and comment spam, you have to deal with this stuff. Being on a “no call” list doesn’t help, because these people are calling from outside the UK and anyway don’t care that they are ignoring your wishes. BT isn’t interested in protecting users from them. The best they seem to offer is a paid service that will allow you to reject all international calls, which is of no use to me. I may just have to settle for not answering the phone, and checking to see who leaves a message.