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 2 weeks ago '05        #1
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Mar 13 - 48 billion robocalls annoyed Americans last year
 

 
HBO late-night host John Oliver called out the FCC on his show last week for the robocall problem plaguing American cellphones, drawing nationwide attention to the problem that almost every American is dealing with.


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Data: Robocall Index, American Community Survey; Map: Harry Stevens/Axios



Why it matters: It's one of the most complained-about issues in America. The FCC gets roughly 200,000 complaints each year about robocalls. Nearly 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, according to YouMail Robocall Index.

Driving the news: While the problem impacts almost every cellphone user in America, data from Robocall Index shows that area codes from certain parts of the country are much more likely to be used for robocalls.

How it works: Robocalls from certain areas in the U.S. don't necessarily reflect where the originator of the call is coming from. Often scammers use a very popular technique called "neighbor spoofing," in which they copy the area codes of local jurisdictions to make it more likely that people will pick up the phone.
•Washington, D.C., has a high population of robocalls to its population because scammers often pretend to be calling on behalf of government agencies like the IRS or ICE.
•Robocall area codes also tend to reflect highly-populated areas. Some regions, like Atlanta, and parts of the Southeast region of the U.S. and southern border states also have high percentages of robocalls mimicking those area codes.
•This could be, according to a telecom source who works very closely on the robocall issue, because robocallers tend to target vulnerable populations, like older people, immigrants and minorities.

The big picture: The FCC has prioritized the problem and has introduced new standard to tackle robocalls last month. Most of the major wireless carriers have committed to implementing standards that verify if a call is real or if it comes from a computer.

Go deeper: New efforts could reduce robocalls over the next few years

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45 comments for "Mar 13 - 48 billion robocalls annoyed Americans last year"

 2 weeks ago '10        #2
tallulahmademe 16 heat pts16
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that sh*t so fu*king irritating
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 2 weeks ago '15        #3
Bunkavell 12 heat pts12
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Dude I'm not sure if it's cause I have metro, live in Miami, or they know something about my knee needing a brace that I don't. But I get these calls all the damn time
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 2 weeks ago '08        #4
tdnupe3 15 heat pts15
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I watched the report on this on John Oliver's show a couple of days ago. I knew it was a problem, but I didn't realize just how much of a problem it was. That sh*t is crazy and may be the reason people acutally put their phones down.
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 2 weeks ago '17        #5
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fu*k spam callers

What is something that will block robocallers?
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 2 weeks ago '06        #6
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 tdnupe3 said
I watched the report on this on John Oliver's show a couple of days ago. I knew it was a problem, but I didn't realize just how much of a problem it was. That sh*t is crazy and may be the reason people acutally put their phones down.
My personal line gets them multiple times a day Its to the point I hardly check it and only use my business phone
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 2 weeks ago '05        #7
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 Ncstate86 said
fu*k spam callers

What is something that will block robocallers?


FTC had regulations that forbid calling cell phones. But there is no enforcement. That’s why the no-call list does not work.
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 2 weeks ago '09        #8
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The big picture: The FCC has prioritized the problem and has introduced new standard to tackle robocalls last month. Most of the major wireless carriers have committed to implementing standards that verify if a call is real or if it comes from a computer.
This is why some of those robocalls come up "Scam Likely" as the caller on cells phone.

I get at least 2-3 of those per day. It's annoying but at least I can just hit the decline button when I see that.
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 2 weeks ago '10        #9
tallulahmademe 16 heat pts16
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 Bunkavell said
Dude I'm not sure if it's cause I have metro, live in Miami, or they know something about my knee needing a brace that I don't. But I get these calls all the damn time
aint sh*t wrong with me and i don't have no outstanding debt but them bi*ches call all damn day. I actually did it to get transferred through 1 day just to curse the operator out. bi*ch sounded so shook and apologized. I was getting ready to apologize back but she hung up in my face lol
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 2 weeks ago '08        #10
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 J Money B&W said
My personal line gets them multiple times a day Its to the point I hardly check it and only use my business phone
Seriously man. This sh*t is going to make people stop talking on the phone. They spoof numbers to look like a local number so that you'll have a higher likelihood of picking it up. I have a miami number still, but live in birmingham, so whenever I see a 786 or 305 number I don't answer it, and I block the number.

John Oliver said that it looks like the number of robo calls you receive in the future (next year) will be more than half the number of calls you receive. That sh*t will make me just not talk on the phone and only communicate via text or video call.


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 2 weeks ago '05        #11
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I never get them, but immediately after filing my taxes John Smith from the social security office called me 3 times, told dude that with all due respect there aint a single person in india names John Smith and got hung up on.
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 2 weeks ago '08        #12
tdnupe3 15 heat pts15
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 projectd06 said
I never get them, but immediately after filing my taxes John Smith from the social security office called me 3 times, told dude that with all due respect there aint a single person in india names John Smith and got hung up on.


 2 weeks ago '14        #13
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I always get these Bull sh*t calls
they always say My name is john I'm a trip adviser with the gifting department
how are you doing today??
and even if I don't answer they leave a message on my vm, gets on my damn nerves
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 2 weeks ago '17        #14
KobeThompson 14 heat pts14
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pu**ys keep calling me from same area code new number each time so cant block

 2 weeks ago '05        #15
Scorpz 7 heat pts
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I get these calls all day starting at 9am.. My fu*kin voicemail box is usually full cuz these a**holes keep stocking that sh*t up.. I block some numbers but they just come back with a new number..

fu*k these scanmers..


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 2 weeks ago '04        #16
The_Most_H8ed 
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 Msfourfteleven said
This is why some of those robocalls come up "Scam Likely" as the caller on cells phone.

I get at least 2-3 of those per day. It's annoying but at least I can just hit the decline button when I see that.
Look at that damn map man...almost all of jersey is inside that dot lol. None come up as scam likely or possible spam because all the area codes they use are local lmao
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 2 weeks ago '17        #17
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 Bunkavell said
Dude I'm not sure if it's cause I have metro, live in Miami, or they know something about my knee needing a brace that I don't. But I get these calls all the damn time
Lmaoo man these mufu*kas keep calling like you still need the knee brace right lol
Credit cards
Student loan debt
Healthcare and "you won a free vacation we just need 400 today"

Atleast 5x a day
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 2 weeks ago '05        #18
_Player2 417 heat pts417
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I get these calls from dirty Hispanics all the time. They don't even give me a chance to curse them out, they instantly hang up when they realize I'm mad.

 2 weeks ago '17        #19
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 Ncstate86 said
fu*k spam callers

What is something that will block robocallers?
Idk, but my Pixel has a built in call screener.

 2 weeks ago '18        #20
GustavoB88 1 heat pts
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I get them daily n im n va.
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 2 weeks ago '18        #21
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 RayDonovan said
Lmaoo man these mufu*kas keep calling like you still need the knee brace right lol
Credit cards
Student loan debt
Healthcare and "you won a free vacation we just need 400 today"

Atleast 5x a day
I get those daily..n u block one they call from another

 2 weeks ago '04        #22
badboy600 16 heat pts16
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Amazon Employement
Student loan debt
Medicare
Auto warranty

And that's just so far this morning
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 2 weeks ago '04        #23
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 Scorpz said
I get these calls all day starting at 9am.. My fu*kin voicemail box is usually full cuz these a**holes keep stocking that sh*t up.. I block some numbers but they just come back with a new number..

fu*k these scanmers..
For every call I block, two different numbers take it's place

 2 weeks ago '05        #24
Scorpz 7 heat pts
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 Mumbletaker said
For every call I block, two different numbers take it's place
Earlier today was the ultimate disrespect.. the persistence was real.. never seen anything like this before.. check this out..


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 2 weeks ago '07        #25
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Can anyone shed light on how to minimize or help ourselves out with this??? It wasn't that bad for me until the last few months.
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