Fujitsu develops phone scammer sensors
Believe it or not, phone scammers are alive and well. You aren’t running into them a lot because you probably don’t have a landline, but these douchebags don’t want to talk to young people unless they’ve very, very dumb. They want to rip off your grandma.
Fujitsu is working on a robot to find these guys and beat them with their phone dialers. But until then, they’ll settle for developing tech that warns the caller of an impending scam.
The tech is actually some of the most brilliant anti-scam tech I’ve ever seen. It scans the call constantly for specific keywords, and it also subjects the caller to constant voice-stress tests, a useful tool for figuring out when somebody is lying.
It’s even designed to fire off alerts to other family members, contact the bank to prevent any money from changing hands, and generally break both feet off in a scammer’s ass.
OK, so it’s not that “beat them senseless” robot. But if it can help old people keep their money, it’s a good thing. Now if we could just find one that intercepts those annoying “We Can Lower Your Credit Card Rate!” calls and blasts them with death rays…