We don't get these calls anymore, but we used to get calls from a company who wanted to give us "a pre-approved $10,000 limit small business credit card". It's a phishing scam, a pretty typical one.
I found out on the first call that the person on the other end didn't know the number they had called. This means free fun. (also, I tried to get off their list on that first call, they kept calling, more free fun).
The auto dialer calls, you have the choice to talk to an operator or opt out. Since the opt out didn't do anything the second or so time I pressed 0.
The person on the other end would talk real fast and ended up asking my name.
"My name is Steve"
The voice is important. I based Steve's on a friend who used to live in Ames. He was from New Orleans and spoke very slowly. I slowed it down even more. To the point where it would take me a very, very long time to finish a sentence.
The rest of the conversation would go like this.
POTOE - "What is your last name Steve?"
Steve - "I don't think I have one of those?"
If they didn't hang up then, I knew that Steve got to talk to them for awhile.
What I would work towards was the final bit. I would answer the questions in as slow and vague a way as possible.
What I was working towards was my chance to say "I have to go, my mother is back and she locked me in the basement almost a week the last time I answered the phone."
This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, after which it wandered out to various other sites. Feel free to reply where ever you want. I should still see it.