FTC doles out $50,000 to winners of Robocall Challenge

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
The Federal Trade Commission recently wrapped up a contest designed to find an effective solution to combat robocalls – spammy automated phone calls that deliver a pre-recorded message to unlucky recipients. The annoying messages account for roughly 200,000 complaints each...

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SCJake

TS Rookie
So... considering that Google-group's solution is crowdsourced... does that mean we could possible end the red cross calls if we did it right? granted theyre not a robocall per se, but its still a machine picking a random number to call. Ive gotten to the point where I have their number saved in my phone and when they call me (!!EVERY!! day between 12pm-1:15pm) I just answer the phone F*** OFF! then hang up
 

wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
So... considering that Google-group's solution is crowdsourced... does that mean we could possible end the red cross calls if we did it right? granted theyre not a robocall per se, but its still a machine picking a random number to call. Ive gotten to the point where I have their number saved in my phone and when they call me (!!EVERY!! day between 12pm-1:15pm) I just answer the phone F*** OFF! then hang up
I don't get pestered by the Red Cross, so this is not out of personal experience with them, however, have you tried asking them to put you on their do not call list? Most reputable charities will put you on their do not call list if you ask them to, and you will never hear from them again. I also suggest asking them politely to do so.

Also, with this, I hope it filters out political robo calls especially those that automatically make you part of a town meeting.
 

SCJake

TS Rookie
Dude ive been on with the manager and ive been on with his manager. Because my cell phone is listed under a business plan they refuse to remove it or decrease the call volume. The moment they told me that was the moment I stopped being polite

P.S. my phone is not listed as the business number, just paid for by the business