Robocalls jump 46 percent in 2018 — you’ve probably noticed


If you think you’ve been getting more spam calls on your phone, you’re right.

According to cellphone information service Hiya, more than 26 billion robocalls were placed in the United States during 2018, a 46 percent increase over 2017.

Hiya estimates the average American receives about 10 spam calls a month, although most people would argue that number is a lot higher.

Roughly 25 percent of robocalls calls are from telemarketers, and another 26 percent coming in the form of a “Wangiri” scam. That’s where the caller leaves a message trying to entice you to call back. However, the call back number is tied to an international number, resulting in a premium connect charge to the victim.

Other calls include an IRS scam, where the caller claims to be from the IRS calling about problems with the victim’s taxes. Usually, the victim is told to purchase gift cards to resolve the issue and give the card numbers to the scammer.

While robocalls are a big problem in the U.S., they’re even a bigger problem in the rest of the world.

Hiya estimates 85 billion robocalls were placed in 2018, a 325 percent increase over the previous year.

Spain receives the most spam calls in the world, more than twice what the United States receives in a year.

You can read and download the full Hiya Global Robocall Radar Report here.

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