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Robocalls on the rise

Robocalls were down drastically throughout 2020, but as many businesses re-emerge from the pandemic, the robocalls are back with a vengeance. The fraudulent calls cost Americans millions each year. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reveals Americans lost more than $3.3 billion to fraud in 2020, with COVID-19 fraud losses totaling $319 million for the year.

RoboKiller, an app that helps eliminate spam calls and text messages from reaching your cell phone, reports more than 5 billion spam calls are made in a single month.

South Carolina ranked number three on the 2020 most spam-called states list. In 2021, two of South Carolina’s area codes continue to rank in RoboKiller’s top 10 list of phone numbers flooded by robocalls. The 864 area code is number six on the list, racking up 47.8 million robocalls in March alone. In the same time period, the 843 area code ranked ninth on the list, receiving 46 million fraudulent calls.

RoboKiller predicts spam calls could reach 70 billion by the end of 2021 and a potential 90 billion spam texts sent by the year’s end. HTC Wireless members and AT&T customers have access to the AT&T Call Protect app. The mobile app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, open it and enter your wireless number. Select continue and a free text with a PIN will be sent to your phone with prompts to activate the app. Block spam risk and other unknown callers with the AT&T Call Protect app.

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2 thoughts on “Robocalls on the rise

  1. Why isn’t HTC offering a similar robocall protection for its land-line customers? Since seniors are the most often targeted and they are the most likely to have a land-line, HTC needs to offer a similar level of robocall protection to its senior customers!

    1. Here’s a page with a little information on what you can do to stop them. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about call blocking. You have to be careful in which numbers you block because phishers can spoof numbers of people you know. https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-robocalls-and-texts#:~:text=While%20campaign%20calls%20and%20texts%20are%20exempt%20from,calls%20to%20landlines%20are%20allowed%20without%20prior%20consent.

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