robocall

noun
ro·​bo·​call | \ ˈrō-bō-ˌkȯl How to pronounce robocall (audio) \

Definition of robocall

: a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a prerecorded message to a large number of people

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The explosion in government impostor complaints reflects a deepening crisis concerning robocalls and spoofed telephone numbers. Brian Fung, CNN, "FTC reports a sharp increase in phone scams from criminals impersonating IRS, Social Security," 1 July 2019 To be realistic, this isn’t likely to curtail robocalls — much like anti-spam technology has done little to keep spammers from continuing to try working around our filters. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "The technology to counter 'spoofed' robocalls exists, but when will we get it?," 1 July 2019 The Volunteer Firefighters Association makes use of automated calls, sometimes called robocalls. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County officials: Automated calls ask for donations, but money doesn't go to local fire departments," 1 July 2019 The government’s efforts come as robocalls continue to ring Americans’ phones at record rates: Scam calls made up a large share of the estimated 4.7 billion robocalls to mobile devices in May, according to YouMail, an app that helps block them. BostonGlobe.com, "State DPU approves contracts with Hydro-Quebec," 26 June 2019 Los Angeles residents received nearly 5 million robocalls a day in May, according to YouMail, an Irvine company that makes robocall-blocking software. James B. Cutchin, latimes.com, "FTC announces crackdowns on robocallers," 26 June 2019 The House introduced bipartisan compromise bill on robocalls, requiring phone carriers to offer screening technology to identify and block spam calls at no additional cost to customers within 18 months of the law being enacted. SFChronicle.com, "ICYMI: T-Mobile battle heats up, Boring flamethrower may have to chill," 21 June 2019 While robocalls are exploding, good luck trying to get some third-party exit companies on the phone. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "He wanted out of his timeshares — he never predicted the nightmare ahead," 13 June 2019 The statement came during Wednesday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing, where commissioners fielded questions on net neutrality, broadband mapping, and what the agency is doing to combat robocalls. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Ajit Pai: The greatest threat to the internet is Silicon Valley, not ISPs," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of robocall

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for robocall

robot + -o- + call entry 2

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