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As a NoBot app on my phone, When someone calls, I
my phone to present a voice menu, 'Please say these
numbers if you are a real person... ABC'
And ABC is randomly chosen. In fact, the pronunciation
should have a varying degree of accents.
If the caller fails, it automatically
immediately hangs up.
consecutive fails, auto-add them to the spam list.
At least for a while, they will not have automated to by-
pass this NoBot app.
As an option, there should be a public pin. Just hand it
out like an extension number, but it isn't published.
The app would say, please enter an extension. But treat
this just like the Captcha, add them to the Spam list if
they fail 3 times. Obviously they are fishing.
So the app has two options, Captcha, and the secret
extension. On or off independently.
Only after the the person is qualified, then the phone
||This kind of automated call screener has existed
for years. Even before cellphones/smartphones, you could but
answering machines that required callers to input a specific
number before it would let the call ring
through. iPhone and Android have
variations built in and there are add-on apps as
well and services available from carriers.
||Google automated call screening.
||Welcome to the 'bakery, [Arak_Lea].
||[Arak_Lea] dials the published number for pocmloc services.
<recorded voice>This number is protected. To confirm you are a human please enter this week's 13-digit secret PIN
<recorded voice> That was good, but not hard for a scammer bot. Please now enter the odd placed numerals from last week's 13-digit secret PIN
Congratulations! You have passed the first test. Now we can let you know that you are through to pocmloc services. But you might still be a scammer, so please repeat after me: Eff Haitch Zed
[Arak_Lea]: "er.. eff, aich..."
<recorded voice>Sorry, that was not correct. You have two more tries before you are blacklisted forever from all of our clients. Please try again.
Meanwhile, at pocmloc Island's secret headquarters: "You know, team, it's strange how we haven't had any new customers, or repeat customers, or general enquiries since installing this new system. I did tell [Arak_Lea] to call in with a daily report of how well it was doing but we haven't even had a call from them. Perhaps we should go out and check the mice haven't eaten the telephone cables again"
||Welcome to the place of dead roads that come
alive in the darkest recesses of your mind. Your
idea is a bit ok, but this issue has already been
attended to on a previous posting, but let me
award you your first croissant crumb, and mine
count for double of everyone elses here. [+] If you
want more, especially the nice fat ones filled with
alcoholic cream, then post an idea that devises a
scheme to entice Bezos, Branson, and Musk to go
into outer space again in one capsule, and stay
there in a permanent orbit. They can bring Trump
with them to hold daily on-board rallies.
||Welcome Arak! B'ware [xenzag] as someone who promises
upvotes but forgets to deliver. I attribute it to a short
attention span rather than malice.
||As for your idea, I rang someone in Canada last week and
their answering machine said "Press 3 to continue" which
was enough to thwart dialer-bots.
||hi there [Arak] welcome here.