Chinese Authorities Annoying Poster Spammers With Automated Phone Calls
from the poetic-justice dept
It appears that authorities in Shanghai are picking up on one anti-spam method: spamming back the spammers to knock them out of commission. The BBC is reporting that a system has been set up to automatically call phone numbers found posted in posters and fliers around the city once an hour, telling people to take down the illegal posters (and to pay a fine). After a couple days of hourly annoyance, the system will increase the rate of calls to the point where phone numbers found in such posters should expect to receive one such automated call every eight minutes. The only way to stop the calls? Pay a fine or disconnect the phone number.