SOUTH AMBOY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--During a Congressional hearing on phone scams, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) told Ethan Garr, Chief Product Officer of RoboKiller, "I am going to be in the ‘get-even mode’ here real soon with these scammers" as he downloaded the company’s award winning mobile app, which fights back against online phone scammers with Answer Bots - hilarious automated responses that demolish robocalls, waste telemarketers’ time, and crash the scammers’ business model.
The surprising moment underscored RoboKiller’s position as a real solution to the robocall problem during Friday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing. Garr explained that RoboKiller’s Answer Bots can solve the robocall epidemic in just three years by turning the tables on spammers.
Answer Bots are robots that answer the calls RoboKiller blocks, press one to find a human, and then hilariously waste telemarketers’ time. Users choose Answer Bots from a library or create their own. Last month, these robots stole more than 25,000 hours of spammers’ time, saving potential victims hundred of millions of dollars. Every year, Robocall scammers steal more than $9.5 billion from unsuspecting victims, primarily the elderly.
“Answer Bots can keep spammers wrapped up on calls for hours, which means they are protecting you even if you don’t have RoboKiller,” said Garr, “We are attacking them in their wallets. Every minute RoboKiller’s Answer Bots are engaging telemarketers is a minute they don’t have to speak to our users or anyone else. From an adorable Southern Belle to a man in the middle of a voice exercise, our robots are hilarious; but just they are also effective. Government efforts have been well-intentioned and well executed, they just don’t have broad implications on the problem. The real solution is already in the app store and it’s called RoboKiller.”
RoboKiller is the winner of the FTC’s Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back competition, and is available in the Apple App Store and in limited beta release in the Google Play Store.