The Anonymous Widower

Does Talk Radio Make Telephone Fraudsters Go Away?

At the moment, I’m being plagued by telephone fraudsters. What they are up to, I don’t know, but I get around five a day, if I’m sitting by my computer writing.

I usually have my television switched to Radio 5 or something like the News on BBC1, when they call and I find it strange that if I don’t switch the sound on the television off, by the time I get the phone to my ear, the line is dead.

The fraudster seems to hear the noise of the talking and feels they may be wasting their time.

But it never seems to fail!

It reminds me of a story told me by a farmer, who was breeding free-range organic chickens for one of the major supermarket groups.

The local foxes were a problem, until someone suggested that he wire an old radio up to a car battery and put it on Radio 5 all night at a lowish level. It appeared the calm voices of Doton Adebayo and Rhod Sharp convinced the foxes there were people around and he was losing fewer chickens to the foxes.


May 11, 2018 - Posted by | World | , , , , ,


  1. The only problem with this I suspect is that the chickens will stop eating and laying.

    The fox will also soon learn to ignore this. My sister had ducks, with a nice duck pond and a safe area at one end safely fenced off. This worked for years and I used to enjoy duck eggs whenever I visited. Then one very cold winter’s night the pond froze… Just a few feathers left 😦

    Comment by Mark Clayton | May 12, 2018 | Reply

    • They were organic chickens for the oven, so laying wasn’t a problem.

      He must have been good at what he did, as the supermarket said that his losses could be a bit more, so perhaps he’d like a few for himself.

      Remember too, the story was from Norfolk, where they don’t waste money.

      Comment by AnonW | May 12, 2018 | Reply

  2. Try registering your phone number(s) with the Telephone Preference Service. You can do it online. I did and it seems to have worked.

    Comment by mauricegreed | May 12, 2018 | Reply

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