For the month of March, YouMail recorded 2.5 billion robocalls made to U.S. phones. A 13.3 percent increase from the number of robocalls recorded in February. That means every second, 963 calls are being made to U.S. consumers with a pre-recorded message.
Where are these calls coming from?
Several states holding presidential primaries saw a significant increase in robocalls. Political robocalls are legal and permitted by the FCC, but that doesn’t stop them from being pests to consumers and providing an opportunity for scammers to pose as a political call.
Aside from political robocalls, we have our usual suspects for robocallers. 17 of the top 20 types of robocallers are identified as payment reminders or debt collections. Showing a trend from February – bank, retail, and student loan debt collectors were the top sources of robocalls again in March.
Who are the victims of robocalls?
The numbers are in and Atlanta takes first – again. Over 110.4 million robocalls were made to the residents of Atlanta last month. Other cities ranking at the top of the list are New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston.
What can you do about robocalls?
There is the option of registering your number on the “Do Not Call” list, but that doesn’t always work. You need a more reliable solution. That’s where YouMail Smart Blocking comes in. Smart blocking detects call patterns to identify robocallers and plays them a ‘number disconnected’ greeting when they call your phone. By playing callers this tone you can trick robocallers into thinking the number they called is disconnected and will remove you from their call lists, so you won’t hear from them again.
For a more detailed analysis of March’s robocall findings click here. To view the March Robocall Index and see the top 20 robocallers for the month and top affected cities click here.