At best, fraudulent spam calls and e-mails waste our time. In the worst case, people lose money to criminals. Although spam filters and blocking tools have improved over the years, they still cannot offer 100% protection.
So, what should you do?
Well, many defenseless phone users and netizens are instead turning scammers into their paychecks using the Robo Revenge service. So, what is Robo Revenge?
What Is Robo Revenge? A Review and In-depth Breakdown
Robo Revenge is a tool that helps you register your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. And when a spam caller calls you, you can sue them easily and ingeniously.
It’s hard to trace Robo Revenge to a particular service because there are now a lot of robocalling revenge goals. But top of the list is DoNotPay, the world’s first robot defense lawyer.
It helps victims of spam legally scheme a revenge mission against Robo callers and take money from them. It’s all about “scamming,” or using the right word, suing the scammer, and paying them back in the same coin.
Robo Revenge helps you get paid, taking up to $3,000 from scammers for each call.
So, if a spammer pays me every time they call me, I’ll no longer be pissed but be praying for the next call.
By the way, the service is legal, and everyone within its jurisdiction has a right to use them.
How to Use Robo Revenge to Spam Phone Number Revenge
- First, log in to DoNotPay
- Subscribe to an account. It costs $36.
- Register your phone number on the National Do Not Call Register.
- Get a Robocall Revenge virtual card which is not a real card. When a spam or scam caller calls you, you’ll provide the virtual card number. The scammer will try to hack the card to collect the money in it.
- The scammer will need to provide their details, such as phone number, name, and address, to get the money. In the end, the fund withdrawal will not be possible, and the personal information retrieved will be sent to the credit card company, which is DoNotPay.
- DoNotPay will share the information with you, and you’ll write a letter asking the scammer for financial restitution, telling them you’d otherwise seek legal redress.
- A settlement check should arrive in most cases. If not, you can take the scammer to a small claim court, and a case is made against them.
Other Robo Revenge Methods in the Real World
DoNotPay Robo Revenge looks good on paper. But let’s be real; this may not work in some cases. For example, these criminals may not reply to a restitution letter. And they know how to clean their tracks!
So while many report, delete, and block the caller, SMS, or e-mail sender, some look for other ways to get back at these time-wasting spammers. Here are other ways people are taking Revenge on spammers and scammers.
1. A programmer created a script to call scammers 28 times per second!
A programmer created a script that allows his computer to automatically call up to 28 times/sec a Robo scam company that called him to scam him out of money.
The scam company had called him a few days earlier, pretending to be the US tax authorities (IRS). They urged him to send them $8,000 to regularize his situation.
Our savior-hacker thus launched his program, which automatically calls the company by automatically broadcasting the following voice message:
“Hello, you have been identified as a scammer. We are therefore going to flood your line to prevent you from scamming other people. This is only going to stop when you stop.”
He then recorded the scam company getting spammed by these voicemails. We can thus hear the telephone operators freaking out, saying that they are indeed scammers, insulting the voice message, uttering threats, etc.
2. Netsafe and Re:Scam
The team at New Zealand security company Netsafe didn’t seem to want to put up with Robo-callers too. So they developed a new weapon against spammers: the Re:Scam chatbot.
Re:Scam does nothing but reply to spam messages and engage the scammers in a conversation that lasts as long as possible.
The makers of Re:Scam ask that you forward spam e-mails to their bot, which will handle the rest. Then, all you have to do is forward the e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, it is doubtful that the bot can make a noticeable contribution to preventing online fraud. But, I still like to imagine a spammer somewhere in the world throwing in the towel after an endless discussion with Re:Scam.
3. The Revenge of Alan Rasky, the godfather of spam
Alan Ralsky is not one of the most popular people on the Internet. But the American is one of the top senders of so-called spam, unsolicited advertising mail that clogs up mailboxes and promises greater wealth, better sex, and better health.
For these, he’s known as the “godfather of spam.”
Ralsky felt secure, and his clients made him rich. But when a report about Ralsky’s new 740,000-dollar house appeared on a Detroit website, it was too much for some. So, someone published Ralsky’s address on the Internet. Since then, the man has been getting real daily e-mails: Advertising papers, catalogs, brochures, and cheap giveaways.
“They signed me up for every ad campaign out there,” Ralsky laments. “These people are crazy.” Ralsky wanted to sue. But even if he could identify a culprit, the flood of advertising doesn’t stop there. And you can’t just delete real mail with a mouse click.
Should I get Revenge on a Robocaller?
My take on this is a bit laden with caution; conversing with spammers and scammers with no prior experience can get you in trouble.
There are a lot of things to consider before heading down this path. And if you still want to waste your spammers’ time (and in a safe way), read on.
Use a tool to do the dirty work
As mentioned earlier, there are various tools available online to fight spammers. For example, there is DoNotPay, Re:Scam, and more. And the good thing is that they will not know of your involvement.
You can also use a chatbot like Spamnesty to automate spams. All you do is remove all your personal information from any e-mail exchanges and send the spam to the Spamnesty e-mail address.
Then sit back, have a good laugh, and watch as a chatbot endlessly pretends to be a CEO and frustrates the scammer.
Use a spam-blocking app
There are several apps out there that will block cold calling. But, unfortunately, there aren’t many that waste scammers’ time with chatbots.
It always helps to have the Truecaller: ID and Spam Block app installed (Android and iOS ) on your phone. First, as soon as a call comes in, it shows the caller’s real name, and you can tell if they are spammers or scammers.
And you can also turn on the automatic block feature by opening the app and tapping Blocking at the bottom right corner.
Then toggle on Block top spammers with a tap.
Does dialing 662 block spam calls?
Another trick to fighting Robo-callers is by dialing #662# and dialing it like a regular call. This keeps pesky Robo-callers away as well as phone numbers known for spam or scam activities. It automatically activates the Spam Shield function of your phone and works for Android and iPhone users.
Why am I suddenly getting so many more spam calls?
Probably someone gave out your number to telemarketers or Robo-callers. You may have also unknowingly signed up for these spam calls by visiting a questionable website or clicking a link online. You’re getting the calls because your number is in a list of numbers targeted for automated spam calls. It would be best if you got a spam blocker app or dial #662# on your phone to stop them.
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