The average American receives 18 spam calls per month and 43 million were duped from more than $ 10.5 billion last year, according to new study
- Telephone spam is on the rise in the US and around the world
- In 2018, one in six adult Americans was cheated by a telephone scam
- The average American receives more than 18 spam calls per month
Cell phones all over the world ring off the hook, but it's usually bad news that awaits on the other hand.
According to a new study by Swedish research agency Truecaller, the average American discovered 18.2 unwanted spam calls per month in 2019, compared to 16.9 in 2018.
About 43 million Americans were scammed by a phone call in 2018, or nearly one in six adult Americans.
The average American receives more than 18 spam calls per month in 2019, according to research firm Truecaller
Truecaller estimates the damage caused by that telephone fraud in America in 2018 was $ 10.5 billion.
The main cause of telephone fraud is robocalls, which in 2019 accounted for 35 percent of all telephone spam in the US.
In 2018, robocalls represented only seven percent of all spam calls in the US.
The next largest source comes from live human scammers who may pose as a technical support specialist fishing for a password or a business headhunter with a vacancy that they can only tell you about a service fee.
Another popular scam are one-ring schedules, in which people receive a call from an unknown number that rings once, and when people try to call back the call, the number is redirected to an international area code, creating expensive telephone bill costs .
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Robocalls are now the largest source of telephone scams in America, accounting for 35 percent of unwanted calls in 2019, compared to just seven percent in 2018
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Fraudsters can call users and hang up the phone once it has been ringed, often without leaving a voicemail.
The call may be from the US, either because of a spoofing service, which displays a different number than the number used to call you, or other methods.
Users are often misled to call these numbers back and connect them to an international number.
They are then beaten with considerable interconnection costs.
The last major source of telephone spam comes from employees of financial services who offer too good help to refinance mortgages, to repay IRS debts or to repay student loans.
Although it may seem bad in the US, the country is in eighth place on the global list of countries with the most spam calls.
Globally, spam calls grew by 18 percent in 2019, with more than 26 billion calls compared to 17.7 billion in 2018.
The world leader in telephone spam and scams is Brazil, where the average person receives more than 45 unsolicited calls per month, followed by Peru, Indonesia, Mexico, India, South Africa and Chile.
No matter how bad it seems with telephone spam in the US, the country is in eighth place in the list of countries most affected by unwanted calls
This summer, the house approved the "Stopping Bad Robocalls Act" with a 429-3 vote, intended to protect Americans from scams over the phone.
The bill would extend the statute of restrictions for robotic violations, oblige companies to first obtain more explicit consent from customers before using robocalls, and set up a special working group to monitor hospital and medical-related telephone fraud.
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