Robocalls: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Publicēšanas datums 11 mar 2019
  • Robocalls are a growing problem. If only we could make the FCC care a little bit more about fixing it.
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  • Argonanth
    Argonanth Pirms dienas

    ... People actually answer their phones when it's not from a number they know? The only time I even pick up is from numbers I know, and that's because I know if they are calling me it's important otherwise they would text. If a company needs to contact me they can email or send me a letter and I'll call them back when I have time.

  • Mediatech492
    Mediatech492 Pirms dienas

    I don't care who you are or why you're calling, if you use a robot to call me it had better be R2-D2 or I am hanging up.

  • Raymond Nonya
    Raymond Nonya Pirms dienas

    when I talk to the IRS or credit card people I ask them if they have running water and took a shower :-)

  • Logikael Impakt Senzory Overload

    I'm amazed that "T2T" isn't more popular. I've been using "Text 2 Talk" as a basis for establishing legitimacy since 2008.. I find it to be the laziest if not the most effective of countermeasures.

  • v5red
    v5red Pirms 2 dienām

    Sooo given that Some More News covered this in December and this take on it was very similar with some of the same sources, I wonder how many people watch the LVclip channel Some More News.

  • Enlil The Prince
    Enlil The Prince Pirms 2 dienām

    John Oliver is my new superhero lol

  • Jose Sanchez
    Jose Sanchez Pirms 3 dienām


  • Privacy Valued
    Privacy Valued Pirms 3 dienām

    348 W 57th Street #301, New York, NY 10019.

  • Joslyn Mott
    Joslyn Mott Pirms 3 dienām

    I love messing with scam callers. Let me rephrase that: I love saying things like "I hope your children die of cholera in your arms, which considering that you live in India is a legitimate threat, and the last thing they say before they float off into the eather are 'daddy, I don't love you.'" Or, "mommy, I don't love you," I don't want to sound sexist. I have a few others in my arsenal that are so Hiroshima-level devastating I can't say them here. I love making scammers cry. So far, I'm up to four people crying. What can I say, I enjoy messing with scammers because my life is pathetic and making some poor sap on the other side of the world who lives in abject poverty cry gets me sexually aroused.

    Also, fuck Ashit Pie.

  • Cameron
    Cameron Pirms 3 dienām

    Anyone here after the FCC gave mobile carriers a sleuth of ways to manage robocalls?

  • Sietse Van Overstraeten
    Sietse Van Overstraeten Pirms 3 dienām

    this man is great

  • user unknown
    user unknown Pirms 3 dienām

    that is why for the last several years I don't ever pickup a phone I don't know and google every incoming one to see if it was anything important to call back. So congrats, robo calls effectively destroyed part of the essential service.

  • kwayneg7
    kwayneg7 Pirms 4 dienām

    Real people don't call me anymore. 100% robot calls. I think Its great. I don't even have to talk. I just let the phone ring and scan the voice mail.
    How do I sleep at night? Like a dolphin.

  • Rosa Lopez
    Rosa Lopez Pirms 4 dienām

    I literally received a robo call while watching this on my phone. They have started to call me from numbers starting with my area code so I can pick up.

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    Nintendo is my only friend oh

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    But so dose a rack and pinion

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    And I'm getting tired

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    Pi 3.475 no I don't know pi dose rx alot

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    I'm not a cop

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām


  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    What color is charly

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    The green ???

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    But I'm still Jeremy Patrick Peter Calnan

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    A mutha f#@$ grandpa

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    And this is a message from your local MFG

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    Or straight forward

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām

    At a target

  • Jeremy Calnan
    Jeremy Calnan Pirms 4 dienām


  • Krinis
    Krinis Pirms 4 dienām +3

    The address is 348 W 57th Street, #301, New York, NY 10019
    You're welcome, FCC

  • Sqwizzy
    Sqwizzy Pirms 4 dienām

    6:23 My water came out of my fucking nose I was laughing so hard

  • TheAmbientUniverse
    TheAmbientUniverse Pirms 4 dienām

    You know what I've done for the past 15 years to alleviate the situation? Haven't answered my phone.

  • Syfer Polski
    Syfer Polski Pirms 4 dienām

    John Oliver - the hero we don't deserve, but have

  • Mckenzie Arden
    Mckenzie Arden Pirms 5 dienām

    Fuck Ajit Pai. He’s a scum bag.

  • icyninja51
    icyninja51 Pirms 5 dienām

    I get constant robocalls in Chinese like every other day

  • visionsofpromise
    visionsofpromise Pirms 6 dienām +1


  • Gord Davison
    Gord Davison Pirms 6 dienām +1

    What I'd like to ask is: Why the fuck ain't John Oliver in the White House? His humour shows reason and the satire shows intelligence, something that is seemingly missing from that place...

  • Gord Davison
    Gord Davison Pirms 6 dienām +1

    The thing to do with robo calls is to waste their time. Try to get a person on the line then start to waste time. I did this multiple times with the people from Mumbai, India who for some reason wanted to clean my ducks in Brampton Canada. Like I do have pigs and cows so why only y ducks? It's confusing. But if you waste their time, when it costs them money,, like when you actually get a human on line then they will stop calling you and at the same time you get to punish them.

  • R T
    R T Pirms 6 dienām +2

    • R T
      R T Pirms 6 dienām

      this is how you handle them

  • Sean D
    Sean D Pirms 7 dienām

    And now this.
    Some Americans thinks it is smart to connect the locks and cameras on their house to their phone and internet.

  • FastLikeUNO
    FastLikeUNO Pirms 7 dienām

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The IRS will NEVER call nor email you. If you messed up they will physically mail you a letter.

  • Dusty Trails
    Dusty Trails Pirms 7 dienām

    I'd be surprised if Wells Fargo wasn't one.

  • Spiderus
    Spiderus Pirms 7 dienām +1

    A Shit Pai

  • Jonathan Palmer
    Jonathan Palmer Pirms 7 dienām

    I have t mobile and they block so many of them for me automatically. Its beautiful.

  • Rhiannon Soto
    Rhiannon Soto Pirms 8 dienām

    Guess whaaaaaaaaaat, I'm not a robot. A robooooooot.🎶🎶🎵🎶🎵

  • mamitaro24
    mamitaro24 Pirms 8 dienām

    I hate the one with Chinese robocall. I don’t even understand Chinese but they left voice mail. So I asked my Chinese friend what they are saying. They said “your visa is expired I will help process the paper work. Pay me money” and the other one is “wells fargo trying to help you pay bills and debt.” I don’t have debt or Wells Fargo account. So I kept ignoring but damn they kept calling me. Chinese robocall is the most annoying one because they call from either (800) or outside of the US!

  • Willy Beamish
    Willy Beamish Pirms 8 dienām

    Ahshit Pie is fucking horrible, and he's there because the fuckfaces in this country put Donald Trump in the white house.

  • Phillip Riggins
    Phillip Riggins Pirms 8 dienām +2

    Great video, thanks for posting this video. I'm to the point where I won't even answer my phone anymore

  • Rob G
    Rob G Pirms 9 dienām

    So much better than all that horseshit Trump bashing you've been doing lately... keep it up and please try to avoid getting too political.

  • sean callahan
    sean callahan Pirms 9 dienām

    I think Biden may be close to Goober. So we may get that next

  • Axe Capital
    Axe Capital Pirms 9 dienām +1

    Well,there must be an easy solution , we don’t have them in Europe:-)

  • Karen Bear
    Karen Bear Pirms 9 dienām

    @10:02 , thats the type of fucking call we have been getting !, but a medicaid health insurance scam call........

  • Karen Bear
    Karen Bear Pirms 9 dienām

    WE HAVE BEEN GETTING F**king ROBO CALLS EVERY FUCKING DAY , and adding our number on the fucking .gov site does not work , fuck, i yelled at one today , it felt great, made the fucker stutter and shit, next time that fucker calls, i going to make him feel like he shit his pants,

  • Julia Day
    Julia Day Pirms 9 dienām

    His robocall voice reminds me of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Mister Argenr
    Mister Argenr Pirms 9 dienām

    Seeing the greatest innovation in communications of the early 20th century and the eventual foundation for the 'net gradually get turned into a vehicle for nuisances and scams is a particularly hard-hitting little slice of hellworld.

  • Joe Morales
    Joe Morales Pirms 9 dienām


  • Cpt. X
    Cpt. X Pirms 9 dienām

    Wow, never knew it was so big there!

  • tom quigley
    tom quigley Pirms 9 dienām

    I wonder if the officials in-charge of the fcc are in a securely locked building?

  • Justin Long
    Justin Long Pirms 9 dienām

    Wow, the guy who ended net neutrality doesn't give a shit about robo calls

  • ned kelly
    ned kelly Pirms 10 dienām

    What would have really been kickass would have been if Oliver could make every audience member's phone ring by pressing the button.

  • ned kelly
    ned kelly Pirms 10 dienām

    The one thing that would eliminate robocalls would be to somehow make it a "hate crime" to have a robot make a robocall. Then the lberals would find some way to stop them in about 5 minutes. Hell, if we could get about a dozen folks from the minority communities to say "racism" about robocalls, the calls would be gone the same day.

  • CrimePhoenix 27
    CrimePhoenix 27 Pirms 10 dienām

    Thank god all registered company numbers in Denmark has to display the country code too, so as long as it says +45 in front of a phone number, and you don't expect a call from a company, there is a 99% chance that you can safely ignore the call...

  • Brendon Tan
    Brendon Tan Pirms 10 dienām

    Has anyone fpund the address yet?

  • zombievampire95
    zombievampire95 Pirms 11 dienām

    Why was the stamp rant tangent too real.. 🤣

  • sailingbrewer
    sailingbrewer Pirms 11 dienām

    How's your robocaller going

  • Abby Is Watching
    Abby Is Watching Pirms 11 dienām +1

    John Oliver's legal department picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue. Again. 💖👏

  • K V
    K V Pirms 11 dienām

    Pai = useless

  • DodgeThis 82
    DodgeThis 82 Pirms 11 dienām +4

    10:46 "(LAUGHS)" Gave me freaking chills.

  • Insanity _Attacks
    Insanity _Attacks Pirms 11 dienām +1

    Every time I get a robo call I stick my face really close to the mic and breathe really heavily into it.

  • Nicolas A. Winter
    Nicolas A. Winter Pirms 12 dienām


  • Brian McCullough
    Brian McCullough Pirms 12 dienām

    Somehow the endings to this show are inspiring

  • Phil Morgan
    Phil Morgan Pirms 12 dienām +2

    I actually got a flippin' spam call in the middle of watching this.

  • Aakarsh Darla
    Aakarsh Darla Pirms 13 dienām

    John has definitely being strong armed by the Trump administration given the fact that the Muller report video which it is now not available in this channel.
    I think this worthless topic substitute for the real truth you wanted to talk about.
    Now we have it even John Oliver who we thought would not be touched and was savage has been silenced.

    • Balazs Mehes
      Balazs Mehes Pirms 11 dienām

      the Mueller report video is still there pal, just checked, relax

  • Team VLCN
    Team VLCN Pirms 13 dienām

    I refuse to answer any calls that I do not recognize or it's not in my contacts list.

  • America Woke
    America Woke Pirms 13 dienām

    Yup. Criminals don't giveafuuuck about no "Do-Not-Call" list. 'specially when they're cloning phone numbers, in a temporary
    location and will be gone before cops arrive, or are calling from across the pond in India--the 'new Nigeria.' (Bitch, you're name ain't 'Andy!')

  • wonthematch ontheface
    wonthematch ontheface Pirms 13 dienām

    the address is actually there. 348W-57th street ,NY, 10019

  • Matt F
    Matt F Pirms 13 dienām

    I just don’t get the profit model with these calls, especially the pre recorded ones, I’ve waited and tried to get a real person so I can talk outrageous shit to them, and usually it’s just a recorded message, then hangs up, if you call the number back it’s not available, so they are randomly generating numbers that show up on the caller ID, so am I missing where the person who called is making money off this? Or do they just like to bother people?

  • KendrixTermina
    KendrixTermina Pirms 14 dienām

    gotta love the big red buttons tho what an art

  • KendrixTermina
    KendrixTermina Pirms 14 dienām

    Like spam mail for your phone?
    Woe the united states id dystopian.
    If we had that over here id just put my phone on mute 24/7 but I realize that parents or businesspeople cant do that

  • dns.denis dnse
    dns.denis dnse Pirms 14 dienām

    Hi John,
    I've been watching and enjoying your shows for a very long time now. I suppose my message will be lost among other comments, but...if i might get lucky, and someone will read...I wanted to ask you something:
    I am doing a recap of your shows on HBO and i got to sez 3 ep 2-abortions- and there were some discussed law inforcements regarding this topic in several states. My question is...What happened? Did they pass? And adiacent did they impact the population? Did you notice a significant change?
    What i wanted to it possible to have, from time to time, a recap and current status on some of the topics you have discussed?for example, Brazil elections? And soo many other topics that were very interesting and funny(of course) debated in your show. You already coverred in full Brexit and that is one topic that remains to be discussed. But , in my country stupid , shitty things happen and we don t have a John Oliver:( to ,at least TRY to point us on the absurdity of some questionable passing laws and analfabetical "guvernours" that we have. I wanted to ask you for this "update" , hopping , praying , that if America can surpass its nonsense, maybe some of us-the little people- still have a hope.
    Or i will just lay here and watch everything burn:)))

  • Jeffrey pressman
    Jeffrey pressman Pirms 14 dienām

    I think he forgot you have to buy 20 stamps from Walgreens!

  • Asad Jaleel
    Asad Jaleel Pirms 14 dienām

    I found the address! Hey Ajit Bhai, if you want it, find me on LVclip.

  • Erin
    Erin Pirms 14 dienām

    This is why no one answers their phone, checks voice mails 25% of the time, and only text. Texting is the way to get the best results in my line of work when calling doesn't work. Even when they are the one with the problem and I am trying to help them. lol

  • Vanessa Vestal
    Vanessa Vestal Pirms 15 dienām

    Are you flirting with a federal officer?

  • KWL
    KWL Pirms 15 dienām

    John Oliver for president!!!!!!!!!

  • Xerexes Mondavi
    Xerexes Mondavi Pirms 16 dienām

    The Enemy Within. AT & T, Verizon, like Robocalls and do nothing to prevent them because it's profitable for them

  • Mitch M
    Mitch M Pirms 16 dienām

    Chaotic neutral

  • lerd herlix
    lerd herlix Pirms 16 dienām

    i think it's funny when i get calls about needing to fix a problem with my Chase card
    i don't have Chase

  • lareponse42
    lareponse42 Pirms 17 dienām

    10:42 SLIP DE BAIN !!!
    (this means "swimming trunks")
    (only French nerds will notice this)

  • Lutz Herting
    Lutz Herting Pirms 17 dienām +173

    Meanwhile, in Germany, we had a different approach to that problem:
    - Step 1 : Making that Robocall bullshit illegal in the first place
    - Step 2 : Not thinking about it anymore

    • Shabadoo Shabadoo
      Shabadoo Shabadoo Pirms dienas

      +mjmoughtin They don't make it illegal because due to the frequency of the crime 90% of the police force would have to be investigating robo calls at all times and then they wouldn't have any authority to stop them anyways because they all come from india.

    • K Petrov
      K Petrov Pirms 3 dienām

      this is such a great idea, make a law and then criminals will stop calling !

    • Ryan Wallace
      Ryan Wallace Pirms 3 dienām

      mjmoughtin you know, I would really like to know more about where you are from and what you do, you seem to be the most reasonable person in the comment section

    • Ryan Wallace
      Ryan Wallace Pirms 3 dienām

      mjmoughtin politicians have as much political will as their constituents demand, if people make their voice heard action will be taken or a politician will find themselves out of a job
      And the idea that some laws won’t work here is less based on how physically large the country is and more based in how fragmented the government is
      Our constitution was designed to limit the federal governments authority, crimes are more likely to be tried in a state court than a federal court here
      Honestly, you seem likely a reasonable person and I’m sorry if I come across as rude, I’m just sick of always seeing comments on various forums(i.e reddit, LVclip, etc) that imply that America (and Americans) is/are somehow incompetent (some are of course) and I blame ignorance, ignorance of how our country truly works and a distinct lack in desire to learn
      Having said that, I wish more of my own countrymen would not only learn how their government functions but also how major governments in the world function, such as the EU and the UN

    • Ryan Wallace
      Ryan Wallace Pirms 3 dienām

      Kathrin Fuchs I pointed out the robocalls that I most often received, I very rarely receive spam calls, I maybe receive a singular spam call once every few months-I would suspect most of those complaints at the FTC are more in the vein of that unfortunate soul who received 20 calls in a day from a legit company
      As to your second point-automation is a thing and has been for pretty much forever, jobs will be lost as sectors die out-that’s just how the free market works-as jobs die out in one sector, growth is inevitably expected in another sector as innovation creates new sectors

  • JZ
    JZ Pirms 17 dienām

    I wished that robocalling fcc was real.

  • Costa Govan
    Costa Govan Pirms 17 dienām

    Legit my phone started ringing when he pushed the button 😂

  • jeremy kowkabany
    jeremy kowkabany Pirms 17 dienām

    Did anyone else find the address in Moby Dick?

  • FireMage127
    FireMage127 Pirms 17 dienām

    Humanity has peaked today

  • stone spicher
    stone spicher Pirms 17 dienām

    2019: I’ve had so many scam and spam calls

  • A Human Being
    A Human Being Pirms 17 dienām

    a lawsuit against..... ME? good thing I dont...... CARE!

  • Laidy Legs
    Laidy Legs Pirms 17 dienām

    I am so glad this human lives in the States now

  • emtguy4321
    emtguy4321 Pirms 17 dienām

    Look at that u went almosy a full skit without mentioning trump.. u almost did it!

  • Scott Dormani
    Scott Dormani Pirms 17 dienām

    Tip for these assholes. Keep them talking for 2 or 3 min without giving them info and after the 2 or 3 min say exactly this. "Thank you so much for being patient while we traced your call. See you soon". They always hang up and they most likely won't call back. Your welcome

  • selforganisation
    selforganisation Pirms 18 dienām

    We have this problem in Poland too, although I've yet to get a robot, it's a real person always. I guess it's a global phenomenon.
    The trick many such scammers employ, as John said, is that they the call center calls automatically and listens for a moment after the call was received for signs of human voice, and if there's none, it hangs up. So the trick to get less of those is to not say anything when an unknown phone number is calling for a while.
    Also, at least on Android phones, there's a black list feature, so you can blacklist scammers and have peace.

  • SilverFoxR
    SilverFoxR Pirms 18 dienām

    Oh look... another telecom-related problem caused by FCC chairman Idjit Pai. Yes, I know how it's properly pronounced... but let's face it... he's an idjit. He is an idjit through and through.

    Also a goober. And nobody likes a goober.