At home, at work, on your smartphone- robocalls are targeting people at all hours of the day and night.
Michael McCann is fed up with all the robocalls especially the sneaky ones with “spoofed” phone numbers.
“The local ones make you feel like it’s somebody you know within the area,” said McCann in an interview with our sister station WPXI.
Now, there’s a way to fight back.
An app called RoboKiller claims to stop the scammers in their tracks and even allows you to exact some revenge.
The app won a contest sponsored by the F.T.C. and is billed as a highly intelligent and constantly-growing database which blocks hundreds of thousands of phony numbers.
If a scammer calls you from a new phone number RoboKiller remembers the scammers voice and can add that new number to their blocked calls list, according to RoboKiller V.P. Ethan Garr.
You can also have a little fun with the scammers with a feature called Answerbot.
You choose from a list of sarcastic, interactive recordings which answer the call and have long conversations with scammers to waste their time.
“They think they are talking to a human and it drives them insane,” said Garr.
Some Answerbot conversations have lasted 40 minutes, Garr said, and that’s 40 fewer minutes for the scammer to try to steal other people’s money.
McCann tested RoboKiller for a week and he was impressed.
“So far so good. I’ve had no robocalls,” said McCann, “I think it’s very important to have something like this if you want to make sure your privacy is protected.”
The RoboKiller app costs $24.99 a year.