In the USA, we get a ton of "windows support" scammers calling all the time. Well, I'm sorry to say that this scam a global problem. Here is a call from the technical support department at Telstra, Australia's largest telephone company and internet provider. They called someone in Australia, and that person added my bot via a local Australian telephone number.
So this call is interesting because it demonstrates how we are all really in this together. Telemarketing and scamming is a global problem and I really think Jolly Roger Telephone bots are the only solution. Blocking doesn't work (they just change their number and/or get more aggressive with everyone else). We need AIs to simulate humans and keep them busy. The alternative is for the telecommunications network to die off. And that breaks my heart.
This call is entertaining because the first technician adds another technician, and then another, and before you know it, you have a bunch of guys just hurling profanity at this bot. And they get REALLY abusive. Six months ago, I would have never posted this to YouTube. But it's almost tame compared to the stuff I've been getting lately. For the really bad stuff, check out my podcast. But try as they might, they cannot get the robot mad. But they keep trying. It reminds me of a really abusive call to Whitey Whitebeard a while ago. This bot, named Whiskey Jack, is designed to keep telemarketers engaged, and it's smart enough to just kick back and let the scammers talk when they won't shut up. These telemarketers kept talking so the bot just kept grunting along. Whiskey Jack is a pretty abrasive bot and usually doesn't take this much abuse. I guess he knows the right tone because he did a great job keeping a bunch of guys busy. Someone help me count them. Four? Five? And does anyone care to translate some of their internal chatter?
Anyway, please enjoy this call and I hope to get back to a regular posting schedule. I have so many calls for you!
Thanks for listening.
The beeps are required in some places due to two-party recording consent laws. They have to have beeps to inform the other person that the call is being recorded or they have to say the old classic, "This call may be recorded for training purposes."
Australian scammers? Any chance we might get this service rolled out in Ireland in the future?
My grandmother's mobile is plagued with scam callers, sometimes up to 10 times a day. We've approached the police about it but they say they can't block the numbers. They change too often anyway. She generally ignores a call now if she doesn't recognise the caller but she shouldn't have to deal with this bs! I'd love to buy subscriptions for all of my family and friends if it could work here...
Keep up the great work, too many people are still falling for these evil scams, particularly vulnerable adults.
ok I'm curious do the bots hang up or do the scammers hang up because most telemarketers/scammers have a policy that they can't hang up that's why you got 12 minutes of those Indian dudes swearing at you.
A couple early calls would hang up (back when I NEVER thought the telemarketer would get all the way through it). But now they either repeat or hand off to another bot. Sometimes the telemarketer has to get permission to hang up. Thanks so much for listening!
Really love your work, JR. we get these Telstra scams all the time downunder: My brother doesn't even answer the phone anymore. I'd love your app and was wondering if you wanted to create an Australian accent bot with some local banter?
As soon as you bring family into your threats - you cease to be human with any human rights. You become a bug to be squashed. There should be no laws to protect you from any kind of harm, maggot.
Great job, Jolly Roger! Thanks for the track and keep them coming. :) They're entertaining when I can only listen. :)
So, this is what Hannah Arendt meant by the fearsome word-and-thought-defying banality of evil.
They steal money by fraud from nice, but gullible, elderly folks. What type of people are they when the mask slips? They have nothing but horrible, shallow, boring minds -- nothing original -- just sex jokes.
+tonic316 It doesn't excuse his vile behavior. The bot doesn't yell at him or anything, either. The caller is triggered from the start. I have experienced this myself (being cold-called by these folks and getting cussed at because I don't buy into their scam).
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