Anyone sick of robocalls can now exact a little revenge simply by downloading a smartphone app.
RoboKiller is an app that screens incoming calls for voice patterns that indicate when a call is likely a robocall — a process known as “audio fingerprinting.”
As RoboKiller explains, “Scammers may change their numbers, but they can’t change their voices.”
When RoboKiller identifies a spam call, one of thousands of “Answer Bots” intercepts the call. These bots proceed to engage the caller in annoying conversations. To hear samples of these calls, you can stop by the RoboKiller site. As the company states:
“From grumpy old men and big time producers with clout, to drunken waste-oids and a guy with bad gas, our Answer Bots are as hilarious as they are cunning. So drop in and listen at any time.”
In effect, the app lets you turn the tables on the robocaller.
Perhaps best of all, this typically happens without you knowing it, according to a report in Ozy. When RoboKiller intercepts a call, it does so before your phone even rings. If you like, you can entertain yourself by listening back later to see how RoboKiller handled the call.
RoboKiller promises “sweet revenge and an estimated 90% reduction in spam calls within 30 days.” But all of this vengeance comes at a price. Although RoboKiller offers a free seven-day trial, it costs $3.99 a month, or $29.99 a year, Ozy says.
The app also supports all wireless carriers, although the Answers Bot feature only works with certain carriers. They include:
How to stop robocalls
RoboKiller isn’t the only way to stop robocalls.
As we reported in “7 Ways to Stop Robocalls in Their Tracks,” other software is available that can keep these infuriating calls at bay. You can find a selection of such software in that story.
Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson also discusses robocalls — and how to stop them — in “Ask Stacy: How Can I Stop These Darn Robocalls?”
Finally, the Federal Trade Commission details several types of robocall-fighting tools at its website.
How do you fight back against robocalls? Share your tips in comments below or on our Facebook page.
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