US phones received nearly 4.4 billion robocalls in March, according to YouMail Robocall Index

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Mars robotic call volume returned to pre-shake/shake levels

IRVINE, Calif., April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In March, Americans received nearly 4.4 billion robocalls, setting 2022 on pace to reach 48 billion robocalls for the full year. This monthly call volume marked a 16.1% increase over February. However, since February is three days less than March, robocalls actually only increased by 4.8% on a daily basis. More specifically, the month of March recorded an average of 140.8 million calls/day and 1,630 calls/second, compared to 134.2 million calls/day and 1,554 calls/second in February.

March saw roughly the same call volume as last June with 4.4 billion calls, meaning robocall volumes are essentially back to where they were in spring 2021, before rolling out new Stir/Shaken rules for call authentication. However, call volumes were still down significantly from the nearly 5 billion recorded about a year ago, in March 2021and are well below the peak of 5.7 billion robocalls/month of October 2019.

“It’s incredibly disappointing but not unexpected to see robocall volumes return to where they were before the Stir/Shaken rollout,” said YouMail’s CEO. Alex Quilici. “Robocalls continue to be a stubbornly difficult problem, although the good news is that they’re less of a problem than they were a few years ago.”

These last figures are provided by YouMail, a totally free robocall blocking app and call protection service for mobile phones. These figures are determined by extrapolating from robocall traffic attempting to reach YouMail’s millions of active users.

The most unwanted robocalls in March

The most unwanted robocall campaign of March is estimated to have caused tens of millions of robocalls from around 6,000 different numbers. The callers claim to reach people eligible for “ObamaCare” health insurance policies. As in this examplethe callers appear to be violating various telemarketing regulations, at a minimum, as they do not identify themselves, do not provide a callback number, and further appear to be calling people who have not given prior consent.

Hello, we tried to reach you because you are entitled to help paying for your health insurance via the market. The government has issued an emergency order reopening the health insurance market and in most cases your monthly premium will be a dollar for $20 per month. Please press zero now to be transferred to an authorized agent. If we contacted you in error, please press nine now to be deleted.

Also, last month loan approval scam robocall continues unabated at a rate of approximately 100 million calls/month.

Spam calls have increased dramatically March 2022

In March, the number of unwanted spam and scam calls increased significantly, from more than 700 million calls for the month to nearly 2.4 billion, representing more than 55% of all robocalls. Specifically, fraudulent calls increased 59% to 1.65 billion and telemarketing calls increased 17% to 0.73 billion. On the other hand, robocalls that are likely more sought after, such as notifications and payment reminders, declined by around 100 million robocalls to just under 2 billion during the month.

Type of

Automated call

March estimate

Automated calls

Percent March
Automated calls

Scams

1.65 billion (+59%)

38% (+10%)

Opinion

1.3 billion (-6%)

30% (-8%)

Payment reminders

0.68 billion (-3%)

16% (-2%)

Telemarketing

0.73 billion (+17%)

17% (fixed)

“Winners” in March 2022

In March, the same area codes and states that had the most robocalls in recent months held their positions with one exception. Louisiana replaced Caroline from the south as the state with the most robocalls/person.

Cities with the most robocalls:

Atlanta, Georgia (179.9 million, +20%)

Dallas, TX (165.3 million, +16%)

Chicago, IL (139.7 million, +17%)

Cities with the most robocalls/person:

Baton Rouge, LA (37.3/person, +21%)

Memphis, Tennessee (34.5/person, +20%)
Macon, Georgia (34.2/person, +20%)

Area codes with the most robocalls:

404 in Atlanta, Georgia (75.1 million, +19%)

214 in Dallas, Texas (59.9 million, +16%)

832 in Houston, Texas (57.9 million, +17%)

Area codes with the most robocalls/person:

404 in Atlanta, Georgia (61.4/person, +19%)

225 in Baton Rouge, LA (37.3/person, +21%)

901 in Memphis, TN (34.5/person, +20%)

State with most robocalls:

Texas (532.1 million, +16%)

California (412.1 million, +21%)

Florida (348.1 million, +18%)

State with most robocalls/person:

Louisiana (25.6/person, +22%)

Alabama (25.2%, +17%)

South Carolina (25.1/person, +12%)

These data points are provided by YouMail, a free call protection application for mobile phones. YouMail recently won the American Business Awards’ Gold Stevie Award for Technical Innovation of the Yearand the YouMail app was named the best robocall blocking solution in the country in a competition organized by Geoffrey Fowler from the Washington Post.

YouMail blocks unwanted robocalls by ensuring the user’s phone doesn’t ring, then plays an out-of-order message that tricks them into thinking they’ve dialed an invalid number. YouMail identifies problem numbers and robocalls using a combination of its recently patented audio fingerprinting technology, call patterns and consumer feedback.

YouMail provides the YouMail robocall index to estimate the volume of robocalls across the country and for specific area codes each month. This estimate is formed by extrapolating from the behavior of the billions of calls YouMail has handled for its users, and these statistics are regularly cited by the FCC as the definitive source for national data trends.

For a full ranking of cities, states, and area codes, as well as details on caller bot behavior in each area code, please see http://robocallindex.com. To listen to the actual voicemail messages left by caller bots, please visit the YouMail Directory. To join the YouMail Robocall Index mailing list, please write to [email protected]

About YouMail, Inc.

YouMail protects consumers, businesses and carriers from harmful phone calls. YouMail protects consumers with app-based call protection services in the US and UK, with the YouMail, Another Number and Hullo Mail apps. YouMail protects consumer-facing businesses by detecting and helping to stop impostor traffic that can lead to financial or brand damage. We protect carriers with automated call mitigation services that detect when bad traffic is originating, traversing, or terminating on their networks. Our consumer direct solutions respond to more than 1 billion live calls per year from over 10 million registered users, powering America’s most robust phone sensor network to identify and provide immediate protection against illegal calling campaigns and cyberattacks. We also operate YouMail Index of robocalls™, the nation’s definitive source on phone network activity and attacks. YouMail, Inc. is privately funded and based in Irvine, California.

Contact:
Rohan Notaney for YouMail
Lumina Communications
[email protected]

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