Half the Calls You Get Will Be Robocalls in 2019
Recent reports show that 50% of phone calls made in the United States will be robocalls in 2019. We all agree spam callers are a disease that needs to be exterminated. We usually get one or two robocalls every now and then. And sometimes, it’s so early in the morning that you can’t really help but become infuriated. The industry has been trying to combat this growing disease for quite some time, but to no avail.
According to the Scam Call Trends and Projections Report made by First Orion, the number of robocalls and will increase drastically by next year. The research analyzed more than 50 billion calls made during the past 18 months. Through identifying patterns and behaviors, First Orion is confident the problem will escalate if it’s not dealt with properly. The company also urges the leaders of the industry to implement high-end call protection measures to start eliminating the problem.
How to Combat Robocalls in 2019
First Orion is a trusted, leading company in providing transparency solutions to a massive clientele in the U.S. In attempt to put an end to such a growing problem, the company will unleash their “groundbreaking” technology called CallPrinting. This new technology is said to identify any new scam techniques very quickly and ensure that its volume decreases starting 4th quarter of 2018. First Orion will implement the strategy to one of the U.S major carriers’ network to start dealing with the problem this fall.
According to the data analyzed over the past year, the total number of spam calls increased from 3% in 2017 to nearly 30% in 2018. The number is expected to rise above 44% by the start of 2019.
How Do Scammers Fool Their Audience
There’s a large number of techniques known to be used by scammers. However, the most effective technique so far is called “neighborhood spoofing.” In order to establish trust between them and their targets, the scammers disguise their caller ID to appear is if the call was made locally. It’s done through spoofing the area code or the 3-digit prefix of the target to get them to pick up the phone.
This does not only hurt the receiver of the call. The spoofed number usually belongs to someone else in the area, and they have no clue that their number was used to make a spam call. They usually get return calls from those who were targeted in the scam call. It becomes an issue as both parties fall into confusion and frustration.
Some users try to deal with the problem using third-party apps for call blocking. They’re not entirely effective, as they block known spam numbers, and not legitimate numbers that are temporarily spoofed to make the call.
What First Orion Has to Offer
The company promises that their highly developed CallPrinting technology is able to identify any kind of spoofed number. It was built to make real-time decisions on any incoming calls traffic. The technology is dependent on continuous analysis of phone calls and network data, creating a process of machine-learning to expect the next tactic by scammers.
Charles D. Morgan, CEO of First Orion, expresses his deep concern in regards to the escalating number of spam calls. He claims that, although the FCC seems to join forces with some of the leading companies in the industry, the problem still lies. He believes that in-network solutions will provide positive results through working with major phone carriers in the United States.
Spam traffic is a growing problem in this country, and the leaders of the industry need to step up their game in combating this disease. Have you received a robocall before? Let us know in the comments section below what happened. We’d love to hear from you!