September 15, 2018

Report: Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams this year

CNET - By next year, nearly half of the mobile phone calls we get will be scams, according to a new report from First Orion, a company that provides calls management and protection for T-Mobile, MetroPCs, Virgin Mobile and others.

The percentage of scam calls in US mobile traffic increased from 3.7 percent last year to 29.2 percent this year, and it's predicted to rise to 44.6 percent in 2019, First Orion said in a press release Wednesday.

The most popular method scammers use to try to get people to pick up the phone is called "neighborhood spoofing," where they disguise their numbers with a local prefix so people presume the calls are safe to pick up,


Anonymous said...

I never answer my cell phone unless its someone I know. I use a "text me back" reply to unknown calls, because scammers never text back.

greg gerritt said...

what do you do about people calling from land lines? Or have you stopped talking to dinosaurs?

Anonymous said...

I let my answering device pick up, and if the robocall leaves a message-- "Because we have been monitoring your account..." is a popular scam-- I purge it.