Maybe Not Effective, But A Lot Of Fun

, , , | Legal | October 13, 2020

Scammers have been spoofing phone numbers, usually starting out the same as my number and my town. Today, one such call comes in. I like messing with scammers, so I answer.

A recorded message plays some BS about my social security number being compromised.

Recording: “For assistance, press one.”

I press one.

Scammer: “Yes, hello?”

Me: *Fake worried* “Hello, um, you said my social security number has been compromised?”

Scammer: “Yes, you will have to pay [amount] to the social security office to restore your credibility.”

Me: “Oh. Can I take it to the office down the street? I can go tomorrow.”

Scammer: “No, you must pay over the phone now.”

Me: “Hmm, I guess. Out of curiosity, which one was it?”

Scammer: “I— What?”

Me: “Which one?”

Scammer: “I don’t… I don’t understand. Which one what?”

Me: “Which number?”

Scammer: *Annoyed* “Your social security number. Ma’am, I do not have time to play games. This is important.”

Me: “I know; that’s why I’m asking which one, so I know which one still works.”

Scammer: “You cannot have more than one social security number!”

Me: “Yes, you can.”

Scammer: “No! You must send money to—”

Me: “I’m just gonna wait and see what happens. Thanks for the heads-up.”

I hung up before he could say anything else. I’m sure it did nothing to deter him, but I know I annoyed him and wasted just a little bit of his time.

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