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The Robocall Scourge

Americans were overwhelmed by 2.53 million robocalls in June, a 6.6% increase over the same…

  • August 7, 2017

Americans were overwhelmed by 2.53 million robocalls in June, a 6.6% increase over the same month one year ago, raising the aggregate total to 14.6 billion robocalls received across the U.S. in the first six months of 2017, according to anti- robocall service YouMail.

The 2.53 billion calls in June equaled 84.3 calls received nationwide per day, or roughly 976 robocalls for every second of the month.

These estimates come from YouMail, a free service that has helped consumers stop over 500 million robocalls in the past year.

YouMail compiles the scope and location of the worst robocalling hotspots across the country by area code in the YouMail Robocall Index.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cited statistics from the YouMail Robocall Index as a definitive source for national data trends, just as more consumers are downloading the YouMail app to safeguard their mobile phones.

“Automated robo-dialing systems make the economics very cheap to quickly place thousands or even millions of robocalls, causing robocalls to flood almost every area code and region in the country,” said Alex Quilici, CEO of YouMail. “Americans are starting to fight back against this national epidemic by adopting new robo-blocking solutions and urging their public officials to increase consumer protections.”

In June, nearly half (48%) of the 50 Most Robocalled Cities in America were based in Southern states, part of an ongoing pattern in which Southerners continues to bear the largest brunt of robocalling.

Atlanta topped the national list as the Most Robocalled City for the 19th straight month, notching 113.6 million robocalls in June.

The nearby city of Augusta, Georgia, recorded the biggest monthly increase in robocalling volumes for June, rising 5% over May to 22.3 million calls received, ranking it as the 23rd Most Robocalled City.

Texas, The Robocall State

Texas received the most robocalls of any state for the 13th straight month, with 300.1 million robocalls in June.

This marks just the second time that any state has recorded more than 300 million calls in a single month, after Texas received 307.4 million calls in the previous month of May.

Texas also was home to five of the 20 Most Robocalled Area Codes in June, including Houston area codes 832, 281 and 713, and Dallas area codes 214 and 817.

In addition, four Georgia area codes made the Top 20 List, including Atlanta area codes 404, 678 and 770, and Augusta area code 706.

Alaska posted the biggest month-on-month increase in robocalls of any state at 67.8%, followed by Massachusetts (22.1%), North Dakota (7.6%), Maine (4.9%) and Oklahoma (3.3%).

This marks the third straight month in which Alaska recorded the largest monthly gains of any state, highlighting that living in rural areas is no longer a safe hideaway from getting robocalls.

That’s the real message: No one is safe from these obnoxious calls.

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