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Over Half Of All Calls People Receive Are Spam Calls

By April 18, 2020May 5th, 2022Cybersecurity

If you’re like most people, you probably get a lot of calls over the course of a week. They’re probably calls that you’d just rather not get at all.

How many of those calls do you get, exactly? Have you ever sat down and taken notes to track it? If you did, you might be shocked and dismayed at the results.

The good news is that you don’t have to.

Roboshield, a division of a California-based company, recently did the research for you. The news is even worse than you might have guessed.

Shockingly, the company found that more than half of all of the phone calls respondents to their survey received were unwanted spam or scam calls. The number clocked in at a staggering 54 percent!

Worse, the problem gets bigger the older you get. If you’re in your twenties, you can expect an average of 11 unwanted calls a week. Respondents in their 30’s and 40’s averaged 12 a week, and respondents aged 50 and up got 13 unwanted calls a week, on average.

Across the age spectrum, more than 80 percent of respondents listed unwanted phone calls as being more annoying than unwanted text messages or emails. Yet, fully half of Americans said they’d answer the phone if the number was an unknown caller but the number looked at least vaguely familiar.

One genuinely surprising find in the company’s results was the fact that more than half of all survey respondents (53.8 percent) said they had received calls from scammers claiming to be from one government agency or another. In addition, more than a quarter (25.5 percent) said they had received calls from scammers asking pointed questions aimed at getting their health insurance information.

Aside from simply ignoring your phone and letting it ring if you don’t recognize the number, the single biggest and best thing you can do to bring the number down is to add your number to the National Do Not Call registry. It only takes a few minutes and can save you tons of time and aggravation going forward, making it well worth taking the time to do!

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.