Getting even with robocalls

Robocalls in the US increased to 5.1 billion in November from 2.8 billion in December 2017

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James R Hagerty | WSJ
When he gets a robocall, Robert B Eckhardt doesn’t necessarily hang up. If he isn’t too busy, Eckhardt, a professor of developmental genetics at Pennsylvania State University, stays on the line and asks random questions, such as, “Do your parents know what you’re doing?”

If he can string the caller along for 10 minutes, Eckhardt considers it a minor victory in the war against telephone spam.

Most people get annoyed by calls from telemarketers or scam artists. Some try to get even. One tactic is to play dumb. Another is to ask callers to spell their names and drag out

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First Published: Dec 28 2018 | 9:17 PM IST

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