RoboKiller App blocks and counters spam calls

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Chances are you’ve gotten spam calls from telemarketers. Luckily, there’s a smartphone app to stop that.

Founder Ethan Garr dropped by the studio on Monday to explain how his app, RoboKiller, blocks, filters, and responds to spam calls.

Leveraging data from the millions of robocalls the service blocks, RoboKiller noted a dramatic uptick in July for unwanted calls from telemarketers. That disturbing trend continued in August, with well over 5 billion unwanted calls.

“The reality is that 5 billion monthly spam calls is the new normal, and with midterm elections and political robocalls on the rise, it’s likely to get worse,” said Ethan Garr, RoboKiller’s VP of Product. “Our Answer Bots are fighting back against this wave; answering these calls, engaging the live operators and wasting telemarketers’ time. Consumers need to take action to protect themselves from the harassment and potential theft these calls can bring.”

The Robocall Data Tracker further showed that California, Texas and New York were the worst impacted areas, but RoboKiller warns that no area or phone number is immune to this problem.

RoboKiller collects data for its tracker through its award-winning mobile apps for iOS and Android. As the app identifies and blocks hundreds of thousands of phone numbers to protect its users from ringing spam calls, it silently answers those calls with Answer Bots. These bots stole back nearly 60,000 hours of telemarketers time in August.

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