Have you ever wondered how many robocalls US consumers receive every second? The number is now at 2,024 per second, according to a call data collection company. The month of January brought us 5.2 billion calls total, and February robocalls totaled 5 billion.
The illegal robocall industry doesn’t show any signs of stopping. And why should they? Now that so much new technology is available and “spoofing” a number is as easy as downloading an app or making a call over the internet, making illegal calls is a cheap, and sometimes lucrative business.
But that doesn’t make it any less shady. Most illegal call centers are based outside the US, and are built like sweat shops, where workers get paid pennies. Unfortunately, that guy calling you from India probably doesn’t have any idea that what he’s doing is part of a huge scam.
Workers in these run-down call operations often have no clue how their bosses actually swindle money out of the people they call, since they pass callers off to someone higher up, once a victim has taken the bait.
In addition, people who work in robocall centers often don’t even speak to anyone on the phone— they simply control a computer that makes hundreds of rapid calls automatically, like a robot. Hence the term “robocall” was born.
2,024 calls per second. That’s no surprise, considering computers are so powerful these days. But what are we supposed to do when a bunch of those calls hit our phones? It’s downright annoying to have to figure out which calls are actually legit.
Many consumers have simply decided not to answer the phone at all, unless they can clear see it’s from someone they know.
What to Do If You’re Being Hit by Robocalls First of all, you can register your number on the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry at any time. However, you should keep in mind that this will only prevent law-abiding telemarketers from using automated dialers to call you without prior consent.
As a practical, easy solution, download Call Control’s free app to block unwanted calls, no matter where they are dialed from.
Call Control uses a unique crowd-sourced feature called Community IQ to block robocalls that have been reported by other users. It’s the fastest, easiest way to drastically cut down on the number of scammers that can reach your phone. In addition, you can now get Call Control for landlines, and protect every member of your household.