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Nearly 5.1 Billion Robocalls Made in November, According to YouMail

The nation’s robocalling epidemic continues apace, with 5.1 billion robocalls nationwide received in November, just…

  • December 23, 2018

The nation’s robocalling epidemic continues apace, with 5.1 billion robocalls nationwide received in November, just slightly below the all-time record set in October, the robocall blocking specialists at YouMail report.

This volume equaled 169.6 million calls placed every day during November, and an all-time record of 1,963 robocalls for every second of the month.

“Finally, we’re seeing a month where we didn’t get more robocalls than the previous month,” said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. “Unfortunately, this month was a day shorter than last month, which means robocalls were still running at a higher per-day pace. In addition, the large volume of calls came despite holidays that reduced robocall traffic, with Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Diwali in India, where many of these types of calls originate.”

Robocalls Continue to Be Driven by Scams

Combined scam and telemarketing calls continue to account for roughly 60% of all robocalls, with over 2 billion scam calls and nearly 1 billion telemarketing calls made in November, very similar to September and October’s numbers.

The 3 billion scam and telemarketing robocalls made in November amount to an enormous number of calls that the majority of consumers just do not want to receive.

The top five scam types remained identical between September, October and November, with Health Insurance Scams, Easy Money Scams, and Search Listings Scams making the list, despite decreasing notably in volume.  However, Interest Rate Scams jumped in volume significantly, back to levels seen in previous months.

This Month’s “Winners”

The cities, area codes and states with the highest volumes of robocalls in November were very similar to last month, with the exception that Baton Rouge beat out Washington D.C. for the most robocalls per person.

Areas in the South continued to receive the most robocalls in November.

Consumers have seen a massive increase in robocalls this past year, and the problem continues to persist despite efforts by regulatory bodies like the FCC to limit the issue.

These latest monthly figures come from YouMail, a free robocall blocking solution for mobile phones. YouMail blocks unwanted robocallers by making sure the user’s phone doesn’t ring, and then plays an out-of-service message that leads them to think they dialed an invalid number.

YouMail identifies problematic numbers and robocalls using a combination of its recently patented audio fingerprinting technology, call patterns, and consumer feedback.

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