Spam robocalls accounted for 26.3 billion outgoing calls last year for American consumers, representing an increase of 46 percent over 2017…
For anyone who feels like spam calls keep increasing in frequency, it’s not bad intuition. The Wall Street Journal came across a new report which reveals Americans received 26.3 billion spam calls last year alone. That’s up sharply, by 46 percent, over 2017.
26.3 Billion Robocalls went Out to Americans Last Year, an Increase of 46 Percent from 2017
Although the national Do Not Call Registry came into existence in 2003, the volume of robocalls continues to grow, year after year. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission reports taking a whopping 500,000 complaints per month about spam calls.
The problem with these unsolicited calls is so pervasive, it’s caused some consumers to take legal action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act or TCPA.
A big reason for the steep rise in spam calls is due to the fact they work. At least, when neighborhood spoofing is part of the equation. Often, neighborhood spoofing spam numbers actually get calls back from unsuspecting recipients. (Because the technique involves faking local area codes and prefixes — increasing the likelihood people will answer or return such calls.)
But now, robocall monitoring service Hiya says it’s discovering more and more people simply ignore them. Yet, scammers persist on, upping the ante by placing more calls daily.
How to Stop Neighborhood Spoofing Spam Calls
So, how exactly does one stop such calls? Well, wireless carriers are stepping-up their efforts to combat unwanted calls. Here’s how to stop neighborhood spoofing calls:
- AT&T Call Protect is an app which customers can download for Android or iOS.
- Verizon provides information and different options for stopping neighborhood spoofing spam calls.
- Sprint offers a subscription service to stop unwanted calls.
- T-Mobile also provides call identification and spam-blocking technologies.