If you think you’ve been getting a lot more scam calls than before, you’re probably right.
And it’s only going to get worse.
First Orion, a cell phone technology company, has issued a report that suggests, by 2019, nearly half of all the calls you receive are likely to be scam calls.
The company analyzed over 50 billion calls made in an 18-month period, looking at call patterns, behaviors and other “phone number attributes.”
It found the percentage of mobile scam calls rose from 3.7 percent of total calls in 2017 to 29.2 percent so far in 2018.
By early 2019, the company projects scam calls will represent 44.6 percent of all mobile calls.
First Orion says there are a number of techniques scammers use to get people to pick up the phone, but the most popular method is known as “Neighborhood Spoofing.”
This is where scammers disguises their phone number and display it as a local number on a user’s caller ID. For example, a scammer may spoof their phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix of the person they are targeting and ultimately increase the likelihood of someone answering.
You can read more about the scam trend report and about First Orion’s research here.