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App designed to help eliminate robocalls

App designed to help eliminate robocalls

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Hundreds of thousands of robocalls can be generated each minute, but a new app could help put a halt to the telemarketer calls. 

We have all gotten them.

The robocalls that come through right as we sit down to dinner.

“I would say at least 3 or 4 times a day,” Tina Wright said.  

Desperate to stop the calls, Tina put her name on the no-call list.

“For a while it worked, but then it just quit working,” Wright said.

Wright is not alone.

It's the top complaint at the Missouri Attorney General's Office. 

In 2014, over 52,000 no-call & illegal telemarketing complaints poured into the state’s Attorney General’s Office. 

But a new free app claims to diminish those unwanted calls. 

It is called Fake-A-Fax.

It is available on I-phone and Android devices.

The title says it's all. 

When you get an unwanted call, the app allows you to generate three different tones.

You can select a fax machine, disconnected number or busy line. 

Simply launch the app and put it up to the speaker of your home phone. 

The app maker say it spoofs the caller to believe your phone line is a bad number.

 It is advertised to stop the unwanted calls permanently.

While Wright hasn't tried the Fake-a-Fax option on her home phone, she swears by the free White pages app for calls to her cell. 

“It has really helped,” Wright said. “Even if a number isn't blocked, my phone doesn't even ring.  It just goes straight to spam.”

A campaign is currently underway by the Consumers Union to push major phone companies to provide free tools to block unwanted robocalls before they get to you.

Over 200,000 people have already sign the petition.

Click here to join the movement.

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