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September 22, 2020
Researchers Conclude Two Key Findings about Ignoring Robocalls

Researchers Determine if Ignoring Robocalls Makes them Stop — Here’s What they Learned

Researchers at North Carolina State University analyzed millions of robocalls over tens of thousands of lines, reaching two key conclusions…

Back in August, researchers at North Carolina State University determined if answering one robocall lead to being bombarded with tons more. They found the so-called robocall storm isn’t actually real — it’s more of a matter of perception. So, answering one probably really trigger a deluge of future automated calls. Now, those same researchers have discovered two new key facts about this nuisance.

Researchers Conclude Two Key Findings about Ignoring Robocalls

The war against robocalls is far from over. Last year alone, the number of robocalls hit an all-time high in 2019, totaling 58.5 billion. This figure represents a 22 percent increase from the year prior in 2018, and a whopping 92 percent increase compared to 2017. The issue is so bad, some people are even receiving robocalls from their own phone numbers. This, not to mention that Americans lost $150 million to robocall scams last year alone.

Since the problem is so pervasive, academics are attempting to learn more about the problem. After studying a whopping 1.5 million robocalls across 66,000 phone lines, researchers were able to come up with two conclusions. The first — which shouldn’t come as a surprise — is that 80 percent of all robocalls originate from fake numbers. The second is that answering any of these calls does not have an effect on how many more people get.

Still, dealing with the practice is an uphill battle. Although carriers can use traceback systems to identify the origins of these calls, it’s a very cumbersome process. The researchers say that SHAKEN/STIR will greatly improve the traceback procedures, hopefully reducing the annoyance.

Owen E. Richason IV

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