“Free DNA test” Medicare scammer talks to a robot named Whitey Whitebeard

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Hello All!

Sorry it has been SO LONG since the last post. There has been so much going on with the Jolly Roger service! I'm looking forward to updating all of you! The biggest new by far is that we were mentioned on the Today Show! Some of you may be reading this because of that appearance. If so, then welcome to the service!

In the meantime, here is a call from a Medicare scammer to our favorite elderly male robot named Whitey Whitebeard. This is an interesting free "DNA screening" test where Medicare will pay for the test. I assume, like most Medicare scams, this is a way to entice the elderly to give their Medicare number to a telemarketer. Once they do that, the scammer can bill Medicare for services, tests, and medical equipment. As usual, a simple search of "medicare saliva dna test telemarketer" returns a lot of results about this scam and various combinations of it.

While listening to this call, I have the sense that the telemarketer thinks she is working for a legitimate company with a noble mission. I've heard a lot of scammers. She's either really good, or she doesn't realize she's working for a scammer.

And most exciting of all – this call demonstrates our new "artificial stupidity" where the bots tune themselves to the type of telemarketer. Whitey listens to the caller and says some things appropriate to the call, which causes the scammer to stay connected longer. In a future podcast, I'll talk about how we did this.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this call! Thanks for listening!

"Free DNA test" Medicare scammer talks to a robot named Whitey Whitebeard


28 thoughts on ““Free DNA test” Medicare scammer talks to a robot named Whitey Whitebeard

  1. I haven’t even watched this yet, but I know I’m going to have 15.5 minutes of pleasure. Please upload more often. I have totally quit the Lenny channel. Your AI is so much better.

  2. Had a home improvement call the other day that Whitey took care of. It was about 6 minutes and was fairly entertaining.

    I don’t know the name of the robot that talked to the poor university admissions survey girl earlier tonight. She was so innocent sounding that I felt bad. She was likely trying to earn school money. It kept her for seven minutes or so. It’s not Sprinkler time where I live, but the robot had several sprinkler issues during the call.

  3. A very good phone service! I am so happy I found out about Jolly Roger. Our spam calls are down to maybe 1 sometimes per day. I love the black list feature. The phone services we have through Comcast, only gives us 25 spots to block numbers. Jolly Rogers we can have as many black list numbers as we need and want.

  4. These robots say “yes” a lot! Isn’t it possible that a robot like this might actually manage to order something? Like the person here asks “your name is so and so” and the robot confirms this… then “your birthday is so and so” and the robot says yes… what if she then asks like “do you want to order year’s supply of bullshit delivered to your door?” and the robot says “yes, yes” and she asks to confirm and the robot says “uh-huh” and then she says ok the bullshit will come right up, have a nice day! ???

    • The Federal Trade Commission specifies “telemarketer sales rules”, which prevent this. Anyone not following the rules should not have your billing information, which the bots will never give out. We also have a bot that never says yes. He’s pretty funny too. Great question!

  5. Kept her occupied for 15 minutes. Awesome! Looks like the bot caught on to some medical stuff mentioned and went into health stuff. Or, perhaps this was just the luck of the draw.

  6. Sometimes it can be tricky to get past the “press 4 to continue” prompts and pass the call off to a bot. But after that point, even if the caller gives up after 15 seconds, it’s worth it. It’s the ultimate insult: I didn’t even waste my time on you, 100% of your time was spent talking to a machine. Which is why the autodialers are so offensive in the first place, of course.

  7. Idea/concept for a script: (robot) Mother answers phone sounding a little distracted. You can kind of hear a crying baby in the background. Mother gets flustered and tells telemarketer “Sorry, I’m going to have to put you on speaker while I deal with my kid.” Now the telemarketer gets treated to crying baby for as long as he likes.

  8. Sadly thats the necessity.. Working for Scammers because you need the money. And some times u also get scammed they dont pay u for the calls just for your goals

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