BAD Robocall: “Do Not Say Yes” Smart Home: GOOD

RoboCall Virtual AssistantVoice response technology has advanced. Bad is the new robocall that scams people. Good is a smart home device that respond to our verbal requests.

Alert Robocall BAD

If you have picked up the phone you have likely heard a women’s voice exclaim “Oops (giggle and then)  Oh I’m sorry.” She the asks “Can you hear me?”.    

It is important for you to know that you should not respond to this question with a “YES“.    DO NOT SAY “YES” !   

Innocent people across the country are getting calls from a new advanced virtual female robot.  She (the robot) sounds like you are being call by a live person.   Consumers that have replied with a “YES” are now reporting fraud and loss claims.   

It is now believed that these “YES” responses are being recorded and then edited. The “YES” is then used to make it sound like you’ve given permission for a purchase or some other transaction.  Technology and advances in speech recognition and voice responses by machines has reached a level where many people think they are talking to a live or real person.    Unfortunately this technology is now being used by bad guys trying to steal from you.

Smart Home GOOD

A “good” example of this technology are devices like Amazon’s Echo and Dot which use “Alexa” a virtual female voice that responds and interacts with owners.  It is currently estimated that close to 10 million homes have Amazon’s virtual “smart home” assistant.  Google has a  “smart home” virtual assistant called Google Home.  Apple also has a smart home device.

Click on the images below to learn more about these Smart Home Devices that truly are “Good” examples of this amazing technology that improve your life.

     Amazon Echo        Amazon Dot

The above devices can answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service.  They can controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others.  With the free Alexa App on your smart phone  you can view shopping and to-do lists that you asked the device to add to the lists.

 

 

 

 

 

STOP the Robocalls and scammers on my Phone

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Everyone of us has been on an important call with a friend or relative and through call waiting our phone tells us we have another call with continuous beeping.  Or we have answered our phone only to be greeted with ” Hello this is Rachael” or “Vote for Bozo – he’s the Best”.  This problem is getting worse across the entire United States.  Before it was limited to landlines but now it has jumped the fence and now cell phones are being invaded.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the residents of Dallas, Texas received 48 million robocalls in December 2015 (Statistics from the YouMail Robocall Index).  Three months later the residents of Dallas received 91 million robocalls for the month of March 2016.  It really doesn’t matter where you live.  If you are reading this then you too have experienced these calls.

What can you do?  Well unfortunately the “Do Not Call Registry” is not working.  The CEO of AT&T reports that you should contact the Public Utilities  Commission if your State has it’s own “Do Not Call Registry”.  Otherwise contact the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission if you are on the Do Not Call Registry.  If you are not registered then do a search on the internet and sign  up. If we build up the number of complaints it will force Congress to act on our behalf.

It is most important that you contact your representative in Congress to support a new bill called   — ROBOCOP —  which stands for “The Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones act“.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, D.-Cali.. The bill requires companies like AT&T to offer consumers free optional robocall-blocking technology.

Representative Speier claims that the technology to block robocalls exists. But it is not widely available or easy to use.  This bill would also block politicians’ calls, and require phone companies to stop caller ID spoofing.  Rep. Speier stated that people deserve peace in their own homes. This is made impossible when their phones are ringing all day long.

Tell your U.S. senators and members of Congress that you demand passage of Speier’s ROBOCOP bill.  AT&T’s CEO claimed that the telecommunication companies must get permission from the  Federal Communications Commission. The ROBOCOP bill will accomplish this.

Avoid calls from unknown numbers. If you do pick up, hang up. Don’t talk. Don’t press buttons.  Do not select the option to be removed from being called.

Visit www.NOMOROBO.com and set this free service up if you have certain landline carriers:   Get information here https://www.nomorobo.com/