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Topic # 242948 21-Nov-2018 10:28
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Couldn't find an appropriate forum under mobile devices, so here it is

The US Scam Call Epidemic

44.6% of calls to US phones will be scams in 2019

While the scam call epidemic continues to grow, consumers are actively searching for ways to protect themselves against annoying and often fraudulent calls.

First Orion, a leading provider of US phone call and data transparency solutions, found these kinds of calls are on an alarming rise.

First Orion powers call protection solutions to tens of millions of mobile subscribers in the U.S. market and has carefully analyzed over 50 billion calls made to these customers over the past 18 months. By combining specific call patterns and behaviors with other phone number attributes, First Orion now predicts that nearly half of all calls to mobile phones
will be fraudulent in 2019.

Scammers Ramp Up

As new technologies and tactics cause mobile scams to skyrocket in frequency, consumers may feel like every other call they receive is unwanted. In fact, this isn't far from the truth.

First Orion's analysis projects that 42.1% of all calls will be scam or nuisance by Q2 2019, up from 30.9% in 2018 and 14.4% in 2017. That's nearly half of all calls. Unless widespread action is taken to solve this problem, the rate of scam calls will only continue to grow.

Neighborhood Spoofing

There are a number of techniques scammers use to get people to pick up the phone, but the most popular method is known as “Neighborhood Spoofing,” which happens when a scammer disguises their phone number and displays it as a local US number on a user’s caller ID.

For example, a scammer may spoof their phone number to match the US area code and 3-digit prefix of the person they are targeting and ultimately increase the likelihood of someone answering.

Not only is this tactic harmful towards the person being called, the owner of the phone number used to make the call is often subjected to return calls from the recipient of the scam call. These return calls come as surprises since the owner of the number used to make the scam call is not aware a call was ever placed from their number, leading to frustration and confusion amongst all parties.


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  Reply # 2130936 21-Nov-2018 11:23
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Doesn't surprise me. Last time I was there with a local number spam calls were a huge problem.


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  Reply # 2130974 21-Nov-2018 11:42
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it would be interesting to see if the rate was as high in Caller Party Pays countries? and whether RPP (in full or in part) billing encourages this kind of behaviour






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  Reply # 2131150 21-Nov-2018 14:55
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73% of Internet stats are fraudulent and designed to sell some product or other. New statWiper (TM) will get rid of these for you.







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  Reply # 2131277 21-Nov-2018 20:21
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The story been repeated by various mainstream magazines, including "Fortune," "Time," "The Washington Post" and "Inc", who are generally high-quality.

I don't know the company, but their partner T-Mobile USA is huge.

The study was presented at a large conference also, and does have a large dataset.

The CEO also tesified in front of the US Congress about this very problem.

"More than half of all complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission are about unwanted calls, the Washington Post reports.

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  Reply # 2131286 21-Nov-2018 20:46
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Doesn't surprise me. Last time I was there with a local number spam calls were a huge problem.

I tried a couple of 6GB sims from Simcorner for our trip to Canada and the US. They worked perfectly in both countries but we did get at least two calls per day while in the US, which we just deleted. The only one I did answer was from Microsoft wanting to fix my PC. 😀

On a side note although I was happy with the sims they only last 30 days before they need topping up. Fair enough but the minimum Topup from T-Mobile was $US45 plus tax for 4GB! Ended up buying a tourist sim for $35 and still got spammed. Really appreciate our Telcos.

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  Reply # 2131295 21-Nov-2018 21:04
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I got a portland number to see if that helped with ordering things from websites that are anal about address checking (it didnt) - constant spam calls to it, saying "if you want to be removed press 1" which pressing that seemed to just trigger additional calls from other numbers.


We think its bad here with landline spam calls but its way worse over there. Was terrible around their election time.


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