Almost half of all mobile phone calls in 2019 will be spam

Joanna Estrada
September 22, 2018

The company analyzed 50 billion calls in the past 18 months, and discovered many scammers use a "Neighborhood-Spoofing" techniques, the company said, which is when someone's enticed to pick up the phone because a fake caller ID resembles the caller's own phone number to include the area code and three-digit prefix.

Callers have also been receiving calls from scammers claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS says that victims are falsely told they owe money to the government and are urged to pay up through a gift card or wire transfer.

The IRS also stated that scammers could try to use Hurricane Florence as a means to get additional information from people.

Call-blocking apps only block known scam numbers, not legitimate numbers that are momentarily hijacked by scammers for spoof calls. Instead, the calls appear to have been placed locally. This is when scammers disguise their phone number and display it as a local number on a user's caller ID.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that 60 per cent of the 200,000 complaints they received came from unwanted calls. The FCC said Americans received about 2.4 billion unwanted, automated calls every month, according to 2016 estimates.

On the Central Coast, lawmakers say they're also seeing an increase in scam calls.

But Mr Kennedy said that people who ignore the list or engage in deception are often hard to hold to account.

You're not imagining it: Scammers are increasingly blowing up your phone.

The company found a drastic increase in scam calls over the past year with 3.7 percent of calls being fraudulent in 2017 and 29.2 percent in 2018.

Earlier this year, the FCC issued a US$120 million (S$160 million) fine against a Florida man who allegedly made almost 100 million robo-calls offering people exclusive vacation deals.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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