The phone rang just now.
I checked the display as always and it told me the number was “withheld”. Those calls always put me on full alert.
Sure enough, it was some Asian fucker inquiring whether I had a computer.
Of course I knew straight away what this was – the scam of talking me through fixing a non-existent problem that sooner or later would either involve hard cash or a compromised computer.
I gave him a bit of a lecture. I told him that he was exploiting the innocent and that he really shouldn’t do it. I told him that telling porkies about computers being faulty was only going to worry the old and vulnerable. I told him that there was nothing wrong with my computer and that his information was in any case incorrect as I was using Linux and that his little “fixes” wouldn’t work. I told him that he should really mend the errors of his ways and that he should get himself an honest job.
Actually I didn’t say any of that.
I had more than a sneaking suspicion that he has used some kind of callback device and that I was paying for the call.
So I just told him to go fuck himself, before slamming down the phone.