I have been really busy. And when I am busy, those scam phone calls annoy me more than usual. Especially since I am probably the only person on the planet who doesn't have a cell phone, so I have to stop what I am doing and go answer the phone. About two weeks ago, being totally out of patience, I did something about them.
Typically, I get three kinds of calls. The first is the call that starts out with a cheerful voice passing the time of day but soon asks if I can hear them alright. What they want is for us to answer "Yes" so they can then use that recorded affermative reply for whatever nefarious purposes they have in mind. My solution was to remain silent. Someimes it took two or three minutes for them to hang up on me.
The second type of call was the one where they ask for me by name. No amount of hanging up, swearing at them or any other response ended those calls. So finally I used my sweet little old lady voice to tell them I was sorry, but I didn't know anyone by that name and they must have the wrong number. Took about a week for those calls to stop.
There have been an astonishing number of calls trying to sell me additional supplimental Medicare. Nothing worked to stop those calls. That is until I let them read their script up to the part where they ask if I am over 65 years of age, to which I replied, "Well, no I'm not. I am 40 years old." That's when those callers hung up on me.
It has been about a week and a half since I have received a spam call. It is lovely to be free of just another annoying thing. I won't claim that I have completely ended those calls, but so far, it seems to be working.