2017 Sees A Sharp Spike In Unsolicited Calls

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The fiscal year 2017 (ended September 30,2017) proved to be a busy year for potential scammers, robocalls, and telemarketers alike. Let’s take a moment and have a look at some pretty remarkable figures that come directly from the official FTC.gov “Do Not Call Website”.

As aggravating, and often times alarming, as these calls are it doesn’t look like they are slowing down. In fact, they are on the rise.

Comparison with the previous year:

In 2016, 5,340,234 total calls were reported. Of these; 3,401,614 were reported “robocalls”, and 1,854,718 were reported as being from live calls.

Last year, the numbers spike dramatically with a remarkable total of 7,157,370 total calls reported. This is a 33.9% increase in unwanted calls from the previous year. Similarly, there were more robocalls reported, with the total number of reported robocalls being 4,501,967 and the another 2,563,081 being reported as being from live callers.

What the scam calls are about:

  • These calls vary in nature, but most come with the promises of helping to reducing debt. Over 860,000 calls offering financial assistance were reported last year.
  • A distant second place goes to Vacation and timeshare calls having a total of just over 300,000 reported calls.
  • Product warranties and protection plans came in third place on the list with a total of nearly 275,000 calls.
  • Imposters were a close fourth place coming in with nearly 260,000 reported calls.
  • Medical and prescription offers just missed the 200,000 reported call mark and were the fifth place call topic on the list.
  • Other various topics ranged in descending order on the list from Energy and utilities(146,000), Technical support (123,000), Home Security (101,000), Lotteries (99,000), Home improvement (65,000), and lastly offers to work from home (44,000).

Which regions are most affected?

Per Capita, New Jersey ranked at the top of the list being the number one state with reported calls with 3,593 reported calls per 100,000 persons. Delaware and Florida come in second and third respectively with approximately 2,900 calls per 100,000 persons.

The least at risk was Alaska with only 410 complaints per 100,000 population.

Resume:

With such a sharp increase in these unsolicited and often times fraudulent calls, its more important than ever to stay informed and protect yourself from being exposed to these unwanted calls, and more importantly fraudulent activity.

For more information...

… regarding the national do not call list, please visit National Do Not Call Registry Data Book. There you can find the complete list where the information above was gathered from, as well as a detailed, state by state call activity graph along with other information that will be useful in your effort to stay informed about what is seemingly a growing problem.

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