Do you get a lot of spam/scam/telemarketer calls? If so, I've setup a brand new easy-to-remember Canadian access number for Lenny that I'm letting fellow Public Mobile community members know about to try first! Calls are recorded, and may be shared or posted online. Contact me directly if you'd like a copy of your call. Provide Date/Time, and caller-ID.
+1 (226) 444-SPAM
According to Wikipedia: "Lenny is a chatbot designed to waste time of telemarketers. The 16 prerecorded messages are described as being spoken in a soft Australian accent. Recordings of conversations with the bot are widely shared online on websites such as Reddit and YouTube."
Check out this YouTube channel to hear many previous calls to Lenny:
- Prank calls to this number are not allowed.
- Lenny is for incoming, telemarketing calls only - not for annoying innocent people.
- The Canadian access number incurs usage costs for me, so please don't abuse it.
There are two ways to direct your calls to Lenny with Public Mobile:
Program your "declined/busy" conditional call forward number by dialing: *67*12264447726# - Now, when you see an incoming junk call, simply "decline" the call and it will be immediately directed to Lenny.
Conference in Lenny: Program one of your speed dials with 12264447726 (ie 7 for "S"PAM), then after you've answered and confirmed there's a live human on the line you can tell them something like "hang on while I get my dad" then start a conference call to Lenny with Speed Dial 7, mute, and listen in!
How it works:
My Canadian access number uses voip.ms SIP trunking over the Internet to an existing implementation run by "Mango" at https://toao.net/595-lenny which only had a USA PSTN access number. Since you can't directly forward to USA numbers with Public Mobile, I setup this (memorable 😁 ) Canadian number for convenience from my Public Mobile phone.
@Nezgar Hahaha! That's awesome, thanks! You also can add your number to Do-not-call list, and the number of marketing call will decrease.
@Nezgar great job! I'm sure this will work for some people. lately I've been getting local area code calls with a Chinese recording.
@Nezgar Awesome work on the technical side of things to set this up!
Having said that, while Lenny is great and quite entertaining, using it will increase the amount of telemarketing calls you receive. This is because robodialers will call back numbers who tend to answer calls for longer durations.
Everyone should decide for themselves depending on what their end goal is.
@sheytoon There are all kinds of theories... The most interesting "converations" with Lenny would be once you have a live human on the line, not so much for dead-end robocalls.
You also can add your number to Do-not-call list, and the number of marketing call will decrease.
@Staliger FYI you're half correct: it will decrease the number of legitimate organizations marketing to you. Unfortunately, for anyone nefarious, it represents a database of legitimate phone numbers they can concentrate their efforts upon.
This is great I'm going to set it up on my phone I get a few telemarketers that really drives me crazy especially the Chinese lady one get all the time!