A few years ago we kept getting calls on the home phone. The machine would pick up and they would hang up. This went on for a number of days, multiple times a day. I finally picked up, and it was the tech-support scam. The one where they tell you that it has been reported to them that your computer has been compromised.The IRS scam calls are so annoying. I've gotten...100?? or so over the past 2 years.
I can't remember if it was the IRS one or another obvious scam call, but one time I picked up the phone and said nothing JUST TO HEAR what they other party would say. Silence. Then the phone hung up (by them).
I never heard from that scam call program again. ...Haven't gotten the IRS one recently, so not sure if it was that one or not.
I told them that I knew that this was a scam*,and to stop calling. Even after my informing them of that, the guy on the other end tried to tell me "Sir, this is a very important matter".
I responded, "No, it isn't. Stop calling", and hung up.
The phone rang shortly after, the machine picked up, and they hung up again. The phone never rang after that.
I guess it sunk in that since I let the machine answer right after they had talked to me, I wasn't going to pick up again.
What gets me, is that even though I called them out as being a scam, they still thought they could convince me otherwise. I've seen this same pattern with some of the scam-baiting calls. The scam-baiter will fess up, tell them they knew it was a scam from the beginning and even go over step by step the lies told by the scammer.
Yet, the scammer will still try and insist that he is a certified technician working for a some real tech-support company.
*I think I also added something along the lines of not having been born yesterday.