The most common robocalls in 2018 include these five different types, adding up to one-third of all calls placed in the first half of the year alone…
People are getting more and more phone calls these days but answering less and less. That’s right, the number of outbound calls is on the rise but people are picking up fewer of them. And, it’s all due to technology.
Advances in modern telephony are no doubt contributing to this ongoing phenomenon. While the number of voice calls increases, people are texting and messaging more, too. It’s all part of an effort to escape the onslaught of scam-type calls.
Most Common Robocalls in 2018 for Phone Scams
The problem is so pervasive that Transaction Network Services, a data communications company, estimates a full third of all calls placed in the first half of 2018 were robocalls. Additionally, the FTC reports it receives nearly 400,000 robocall complaints per day. That works out to an astounding 146 million per year.
In response, carriers are offering more features to deal with the problem. Also, mobile application developers provide tools like Burner and Nomorobo to identify and/or block robocalls.
So, what types of robocalls are the most common this year? The answers aren’t surprising. Here are the most common robocalls of 2018:
- Neighborhood spoofing. This is a technique which makes it appear a call is coming from a local area code and prefix.
- Chinese consulate scam. The “caller” states a package has been left at the consulate office. Of course, it involves giving out credit card or bank account information. And, it works. Over thirty people in New York City were successfully defrauded for an estimated $3 million.
- Health insurance scam. Here again, it’s a rouse, designed to get personal information, including bank account numbers from individuals.
- SEO scam. This is very familiar to businesses. These calls claim business listings are in danger of disappearing from Google search or are facing a “Closed” label action by Google unless they pay for specific services.
- IRS scam. Although an old one, it does work. This involves bogus tax bills and of course, seeks to get bank account information.
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.