What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
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06-07-2017, 12:37 PM
What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
It certainly lets me hang up without wasting any time - but I noticed that it preceded all robot calls. Is there some robot software that all the robocallers use? I hope they don't catch on that their "bwoop" provides an instant signal to hang up.
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06-07-2017, 12:53 PM
RE: What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
A robofart???

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06-07-2017, 01:01 PM
RE: What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
Never heard it...if I don't recognize the caller I don't pick up. Nice to know that's a feature now.
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06-07-2017, 01:24 PM
RE: What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
(06-07-2017 12:37 PM)Airportkid Wrote:  It certainly lets me hang up without wasting any time - but I noticed that it preceded all robot calls. Is there some robot software that all the robocallers use? I hope they don't catch on that their "bwoop" provides an instant signal to hang up.

Yes! I've noticed that. I get so many robocalls on our landline phone that I don't answer it anymore. I don't even know why we have a land line anymore. An emergency, maybe? I donno.

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06-07-2017, 01:53 PM
RE: What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
"Bwoop" means hello in Robot. At least that's what it says in my Robot to English dictionary Big Grin
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06-07-2017, 07:17 PM
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I am on the MA Consumers' Do-Not-Call Registry list. If I get an unsolicited robocall, I report it and the caller will have to pay a fine of up to $3,000. I have no patience for telemarketers of any kind. Dodgy
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06-07-2017, 07:25 PM
RE: What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
That sound is a compressed statement that, when unpacked, says, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you".
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06-07-2017, 07:35 PM
RE: What's That "Bwoop" that precedes all Robocalls?
Actually, there's no one listening to the dialing. The bot listens for a connection signal, meaning you've picked up. It then puts that call in the queue with an audible signal to the telephone relay system. If there's a crook that's not on the phone trying to steal someone's money at that time they'll take the call. Otherwise the system hangs up and keeps on going down the list.
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06-07-2017, 10:42 PM
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(06-07-2017 07:35 PM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  Actually, there's no one listening to the dialing. The bot listens for a connection signal, meaning you've picked up. It then puts that call in the queue with an audible signal to the telephone relay system. If there's a crook that's not on the phone trying to steal someone's money at that time they'll take the call. Otherwise the system hangs up and keeps on going down the list.

I have a friend who worked for a phone company. He tells me that that these people have to pay for the call, once it is answered. If it rolls to voice mail, they hang up (this much I have seen as true, as we have an answering machine to screen calls, and it displays the number on the TV screen, though I don't watch TV, so don't know about that- but my wife does). He also told me that there is a list of numbers that he has seen that come from the callers that repeat, but which also seem to come from different area codes. Spoofing all over the place, I guess.
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