Here are some ways to stop neighborhood spoofing spam calls, as these will sharply rise next year, according to a new industry analysis…
A newly released report by caller ID and call blocking firm First Orion predicts spam calls will only increase in frequency next year. In fact, spam calls account for about 30 percent of all mobile calls this year. First Orion concludes that number will hit 45 percent in 2019:
“…carefully analyzed over 50 billion calls made to … customers over the past 18 months. By combining specific call patterns and behaviors with other phone number attributes, First Orion now predicts that nearly half of all calls to mobile phones will be fraudulent in 2019 unless the industry adopts and implements more effective call protection solutions.”
It’s due to a relatively new technology, called “Neighborhood Spoofing.” And, it’s become all-too familiar with consumers. Neighborhood spoofing is a method scammers and solicitors use to fake an area code and prefix. This makes inbound calls look like they are from local numbers, so it’s more probable people will answer.
Spam to Account for Nearly Half of All Cell Phone Calls Next Year, Report Warns
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.
The problem is so pervasive even the chairman of the Federal Communications Committee receives neighborhood spoofing spam calls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a recent interview:
“…every now and then, even on my work Blackberry, I’ll see a call that seems to be coming . . . from the 202 area code, which is here in Washington — and then our prefix for these Blackberries. And I know for a fact that, you know, it’s probably not someone calling from the office. Sometimes, I answer just for the heck of it. And it’s– lo and behold, I’ve won a vacation.”
The FCC states it receives more than 200,000 complaints a year about these unwanted solicitations. What’s more, Americans got approximately 2.4 billion spam calls a month in 2016 alone, according to a FCC estimate. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse.
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.