Nearly half of US mobile phone calls will be scams by 2019

Scam calls drastically increasing, report shows

Scam calls drastically increasing, report shows

- The amount of scam phone calls is getting worse, according to a report.

Other prominent spam calls involve fraudsters pretending to be a representative from a bank, a debt collector or cable company.

Callers have also been receiving calls from scammers claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service. Callers use telephone numbers that mimic actual IRS assistance centres, claim to be IRS employees and use fake names and phony badge numbers.

One of the most popular scamming methods, according to First Orion, is known as "neighborhood spoofing".

The IRS also stated that scammers could try to use Hurricane Florence as a means to get additional information from people. Instead, the calls appear to have been placed locally. That's when a caller hides their real number and displays a local area code on caller ID in hopes it'll increase the chances of someone answering.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that 60 per cent of the 200,000 complaints they received came from unwanted calls. By 2017, the agency said they received 375,000 complaints per month.

Mr Charles Kennedy, a senior adjunct fellow at the tech policy think-tank TechFreedom, said the problem of spam calls is difficult to solve because numerous offenders are hard to track down.

The practice not only effects the user who is called, but also the owner of the phone number that is displayed may be subject to return calls. They make calls from overseas, obscure their locations and place a tremendous number of calls.

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

First Orion, which provides caller ID and call blocking services, found that mobile scam calls had increased from 3.7% in 2017 to 29.2% in 2018 - and it's only growing. Phone companies were allowed to proactively block calls that they deemed fraudulent.

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