If you were bombarded by spam calls and texts last year, you probably weren't alone. A new report spotted by Wall Street Journal reveals that Americans received 26.3 billion robokals last year, up 46 percent from 2017. Spam monitoring service Hiya has analyzed calls and found that many people just are no longer calls.
While the Do Not Call Registry was created in 2003, the number of calls has continued to grow significantly in recent years. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed to The Verge last year that it fielded on average about 500,000 complaints a month over robocalls. The problem has led some consumers to file lawsuits under the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) if they receive calls when they are listed on the Do Not Call registry.
Robocallers still mask their spam with real local numbers, making it harder to detect them. Fortunately, there are a number of apps and services available on both iOS and Android that help protect against robocalls. Carriers are also under increased pressure from the FCC to tackle troublesome robokals. The regulator wants the airlines to adopt the SHAKEN / STIR protocol, a framework that confirms phone calls as they pass networks and allows consumers to ensure that the call is genuine.
T-Mobile plans to enable SHAKEN / STIR call authentication soon, and AT & T, Verizon and Sprint commit themselves to enabling it on their network. With some analysts predicting half of all mobile phone calls, it could be spam in 201