A London-based tech company has its way of ending the robocall problem around the world — by removing a phone number out of the call list of notorious robocallers for a small fee.
The company, Uncall, is an initiative to end the proliferation of unwanted calls, telemarketing calls, and scams, and has operations and partnership all over the world. Uncall works with all the major providers in this impressive array of countries: US, UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, and Portugal. A complete list of countries where Uncall can help victims of robocalls are listed on their website.
“Uncall is a security service for mobile and stationary phone lines. We help you keep your phone safe, with no recurring fees,” reads the company’s website.
How does it work?
The company operates in one basic premise: that robocallers and telemarketing companies don’t randomize numbers and hope that they will be able to get the right combination of numbers; instead, they work with a lead sheet or a massive database with active phone numbers and sometimes other identifiable information, depending on where they got the list.
And, this is where the investigation of Uncall starts. They analyze the client’s mobile or phone number and cross them with existing generic lists of phone numbers from every service provider. Once an analysis is done and the company was able to determine the scope of how many places a phone number appears, they start their campaign to have the number removed from the list.
The first step is to contact the white-hat lists and request for the removal of a client’s number. Furthermore, the company prides that they can also remove a client’s number from an underground list on the dark web.
“Should your number have leaked to the more darker sides of the web, we have solutions to that as well. We work with various contacts that can help to remove your number from the leaked lists, as well as flag your number as “bad conversion,” which indicates that calling you is simply not worth their time,” reads their website.
Interestingly, the company also offers pricing plans for both individual numbers and corporate numbers.
The undeniable nuisance that torturous robocalls bring to the American household has caused so much disruption, not only in invading the day to day lives of citizens but has also affected essential services like health and education. That is why a multisectoral effort to end the public annoyance of robocall scams and unwanted calls has been launched to ease the unthinkable burden of receiving multiple unwanted phone calls every day.
In May 2019 alone, there are a total of 4.7 million robocalls placed according to the data from YouMail Robocall Index. This number averages to almost 152.9 million robocalls being sent to consumers every day and 6.2 million every hour. In the same data, nearly half of the robocalls Americans received last month are scam calls (43.9%) and a considerable portion of the 4.7 million are unwanted telemarketing calls (13.32%).
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced its intensified crackdown against abusive and illegal robocallers. This announcement comes weeks after the landmark vote in the Federal Communications Commission to allow telecom companies to block unauthorized call and spoofed calls by default.
Moreover, the legislative department had also taken a stand against the proliferation of robocalls. Both the Senate and the House of Representative has launched their version of a law to would end the bad business practice as well as to empower regulatory bodies like the FTC and FCC to take stronger actions against those who exploit the technology.
In a bipartisan bill called the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, lawmakers from the House aim to outlaw a plethora of corrupt practices employed by scammers and legitimate business alike to fight the growing nuisance of the robocalls epidemic. It also empowers the government and regulatory bodies like the Federal Communication Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to levy heavier punishments against robocallers who violate the law.
Meanwhile, similar legislation was also voted in the Senate a few weeks ago. Known as the TRACED (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence) Act, the new law would ramp up penalties for violators, put more onus on major telecom and cell service provider to address the problem and do a better job of authenticating calls, and offer ways to block neighborhood “spoofers” and other modus operandi.
TRACED also aims to make the FCC work with the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to find ways to improve anti-robocall measures and prosecute offenders collectively. It will also require carriers to implement measures like SHAKEN/STIR to help consumers identify and authenticate callers.