I just got off the phone with my first telephone scam artist. Till now, I've only ever heard about this widespread scam and now I got to experience it Adam
: *In a very heavy Indian accent* "Hello, my name is Ad-am. I am calling you to inform you that you have a problem with your computer, but do not worry, I will help you" Me
: *feigning surprise and alarm* "Oh no! What is wrong with it?" Adam
: "Please do not worry Sir, I will help you. Please go to your computer and I will help you through it"
: *In a grateful, overly friendly voice* "Thank you very much Adam! Please wait until I get to my computer"
*put the phone down for about a minute, made a few random noises, then picked the phone back up*
"Okay, I am now in front of my computer" Adam
: "Okay, now on the bottom left of your screen, please click the button that says start" Me
: "I do not have a button named start." Adam
: "It is the button on the bottom of your screen, to the far left" Me
: "I don't have a button that says start. Do you mean the big round button?" Adam
: "Yes. Left click on that please and then -" Me
: "- What do you mean 'left click'?" Adam
: "Yes. Left click on that - " Me
: "- sorry, do you mean left click with the mouse thingy?" Adam
: *starting to get frustrated* "Yes. When you click on that, there will be a word called computer in the menu, please click on that and I will be able to help you from there." Me
: "Okay, I have clicked the big button and I'm looking, please wait till I find it"
*made some random mouse and keyboard noises while Adam is getting further annoyed*
*Suddenly changing my tone to serious* "Sorry, I don't have 'computer' in the menu, but I do have a button that says you are trying to access my computer illeagally and when I click on it, it says THIS IS A SCAM!" Adam
: *click... beep...beep..beep*
I could have kept stringing 'Adam' along, but I got bored