A phone call that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, it sounds like it's coming from a robot. Robocalls are often associated with political and telemarketing phone campaigns, but can also be used for public-service or emergency announcements.

Historical perspective: By 2017 robocalls had become a major problem so several strategies emerged on how to stop them, including:
  1. Ignore them - The most effective defense is to not answer calls from numbers you don't recognize. If you do answer, don't accept any prerecorded invitation to opt-out by pressing a key as that will merely verify that yours in a working number and make you a target for more calls.
  2. Use - List your number on the U.S. government's National Do NOt Call Registry, but know that many spammers don't fear being fined. When unwanted call do get through, report them there.
  3. Get a screening app - Appls like RoboKiller will block robocalls; others with inform the caller that your number is out of service.
  4. Turn the tables - Subscribe to the Jolly Roger Telephone Co. ( and you can transfer telemarketing calls to a robot that'll frustrate the caller by keeping up your end of the conversation indefinitely!
See also : autopen  botnet  cyborg  robophilia  Sophia  
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