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Spammers bombarded mobile phones in the US with 48 million robocalls in 2018


 


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 2 weeks ago '15        #1
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Spammers bombarded mobile phones in the US with 48 million robocalls in 2018
 

 
Preliminary year-end data is in on the explosive growth in robocalls to cell phones in the US, with more people than ever getting bombarded by calls from spammers and marketers who go to great lengths to trick you into answering their call.

Robocall management company YouMail has been tracking the volume of calls and says that 2018 saw 48 million of them harass cell phone owners in the US last year, up 60 percent from 2017. That’s a huge jump in these types of calls, and while there’s certainly more awareness of the problem now, so far it seems that nothing has really served to effectively put the brakes on this problem. Especially given how easy it is for robocallers to spoof a local number and trick you into answering by making you think you’re getting a legitimate call from your area instead of from a toll-free number you don’t recognize.

Indeed, that’s one of the most popular scams. “Scam calls have been increasing very steadily, and it’s driving people to not answer their phone,” said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici, according to a CNBC report. “It’s driving people to not answer their phone, and it’s kind of created this death spiral of phone calls as the robocallers ramp up their efforts and the legitimate robocalls try harder to get through.”

Yes, there is a distinction. Around 60 percent of robocalls are classified as legitimate, even if they seem annoying to you. Those would be things like automated messages from pharmacies, schools and political candidates. The other 40 percent are downright scams — say, a dubious provider of health insurance tricks you into answering the phone and then tries to sign you up for a shady plan.

As the CNBC report notes, mobile carriers and smartphone makers alike are trying to do something about this influx. But one reason they’ve been largely unsuccessful so far is because the technology that makes it possible to implement these calls is so cheap and potentially lucrative for scammers. According to AT&T spokesman Andrew Morgan, “New, inexpensive technology and products have enabled scammers, including those located outside the US, to set up mass calling operations that can place high volumes of spoofed calls with minimal investment.”

Lawmakers and government leaders are finally starting to take action. We told you toward the end of the year, for example, about how the Federal Communications Commission wants to give wireless carriers more power to block spammy texts, in addition to the FCC setting up a database of phone numbers. Businesses would be able to check it to make sure numbers they’re allowed to call haven’t been a*signed to new people. It’s a start, for sure, and hopefully it leads to a lot less of these calls as 2019 rolls on.
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32 comments for "Spammers bombarded mobile phones in the US with 48 million robocalls in 2018"

 2 weeks ago '05        #2
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The calls are so annoying. That do not call list doesn’t dissuade it.
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 2 weeks ago '08        #3
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I’ve been picking up these calls lately while driving to wast their time. Plenty of angry indian callers end ul throwing a bunch of insults and it gets kinda hilarious

Dude goes from ‘John’ to Rakesh within seconds LMAO
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 2 weeks ago '05        #4
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I've blocked so many numbers in the past few months "are you looking for insurance for yourself or ur family " "no" "oh well we have really goo.." "no"
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 2 weeks ago '05        #5
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 flav said
I’ve been picking up these calls lately while driving to wast their time. Plenty of angry indian callers end ul throwing a bunch of insults and it gets kinda hilarious

Dude goes from ‘John’ to Rakesh within seconds LMAO
Same sh*t...dude said his name was john or some sh*t..I said "that's the name they gave you? habib a*s" n*gga hung up with the quickness

Had another one..I said "what yall make 4.50 an hour?" Hung up mad fast haha
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 2 weeks ago '08        #6
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 kriskross00 said
Same sh*t...dude said his name was john or some sh*t..I said "that's the name they gave you? habib a*s" n*gga hung up with the quickness

Had another one..I said "what yall make 4.50 an hour?" Hung up mad fast haha
Bruh u a fool “habib a*s n*gga”

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 2 weeks ago '09        #7
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 spiderjericho said
The calls are so annoying. That do not call list doesn’t dissuade it.

the do not call list is even more useless than a pet rock. the fcc aint doin sh*t since they get bribed by the robocall industry
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 2 weeks ago '04        #8
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Call screen from Pixel handles it

A number I don't know or flagged I don't get it
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 2 weeks ago '18        #9
BrooklynDamien 2 heat pts
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I don't answer calls I don't know. Pretty simple
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 2 weeks ago '05        #10
FalconBuddha 21 heat pts21
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That seems like a really low number, there's something like 230m adults in the us, a*suming most have phones, and most kids have phones now and some people have more than 1, we'll say there's 250m phones in the us

That means that only 1 in 5 people got a robocall, and that was only once! I get 2-3 A DAY by myself
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 2 weeks ago '09        #11
mtva24 229 heat pts229
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Google Pixel 3 XL takes care of that problem
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 2 weeks ago '05        #12
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 mtva24 said
Google Pixel 3 XL takes care of that problem
Is that going to only be a pixel thing, or is that going to be built into Android pie?

 2 weeks ago '09        #13
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 FalconBuddha said
Is that going to only be a pixel thing, or is that going to be built into Android pie?
It was exclusive to the 3 but I think the 2 just got it in an update

 2 weeks ago '15        #14
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Pixel 3 call screening works like a charm. Out of all the calls I've screened, only one has been a legit person I wanted to talk to. All the rest hang up before the bi*ch is done talking.
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 2 weeks ago '09        #15
Vincent_Chase 27 heat pts27
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I just ignore them

 2 weeks ago '05        #16
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And i didn't answer a damn one.

 2 weeks ago '04        #17
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 mtva24 said
It was exclusive to the 3 but I think the 2 just got it in an update
2 been had the update

 2 weeks ago '05        #18
TheChief 25 heat pts25
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I get a automated call 1-3 times a day, about me staying with the Marriott and How I could be entered to win a weekend stay or some bullsh*t and I have never even stayed at the Marriott, need a Pixel for this sh*t cuz it's madd annoying, I usually don't answer but 1/10 times I do I'm heated af cuz it's a different number every god damn time
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 2 weeks ago '09        #19
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 DJ Maximum said
2 been had the update
Wouldn't know...i traded mine off for the 3
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 2 weeks ago '13        #20
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Scam likely
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 1 week ago '08        #21
606robin 28 heat pts28
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If you don't recognize the number, just hit the end. If it's something important, you'll get a notification saying "You have a voicemail" which I then read it's transcript before playing. The end...
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 1 week ago '05        #22
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I got into a roasting session with a scammer once, highlight of my day at that time lol

 1 week ago '15        #23
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i got a voicemail 4 months ago saying i had "serious allegations pressed on my name" an that i needed to call before i got taken under custody by the local cops i can ALWAYS tell its a scam call when the number is from goddamn Washington state or North Dakota, or SODA SPRINGS, IDAHO
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 1 week ago '04        #24
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 TheChief said
I get a automated call 1-3 times a day, about me staying with the Marriott and How I could be entered to win a weekend stay or some bullsh*t and I have never even stayed at the Marriott, need a Pixel for this sh*t cuz it's madd annoying, I usually don't answer but 1/10 times I do I'm heated af cuz it's a different number every god damn time
Man sooooo many fu*king times with these people!!!! I block the number they call again. And again and again.

And then I keep getting these Chinese calls every single day. The person that had my number before me was Chinese and he was in some sh*t because I’ve gotten calls about Chinese lottery and how people are looking for him - at one point “Wells fargo” called saying he left his wallet and everything at the bank. I think it might have been a scam too. These people are disgusting
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 2 days ago '05        #25
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I didn't get too many spam calls last year, but recently I've been getting absolutely bombarded within the last month or so. I use "Should I Answer?" app on my phone to help a little bit, but these spammers have so many numbers it's ridiculous. I think I received like 20+ calls in one day and blocked a few numbers and was still getting spammed. I also received 1 spam text, but I very rarely get spam texts so that's at least good.

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