Blocking unwanted telephone calls

Almost nine out of ten people (89 percent) in America receive nuisance calls each month according to a recent survey which has also revealed the top five nuisance calls received in the United States last year. The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker revealed that 13 percent of U.S. adults have been a victim of a telephone scam. Of those who have been scammed, almost half (48 per cent) said they had lost between $100 and $10,000 as a result with four percent having lost more than $10,000.

The survey also revealed the top five nuisance calls received by United States adults last year were:

  1. Robocalls/automated messages (66 per cent)
  2. Credit card/loan arrangers (28 per cent)
  3. Charitable causes (23 per cent)
  4. Telephone/long distance call providers (11 per cent)
  5. Lottery/sweepstake providers (10 per cent)

While not all calls are scams, the statistics show that organizations making these unwanted calls are ignoring consumers’ requests to be removed from call lists as 60 percent claim to receive repeated calls from the same organization despite telling them to stop calling.

Almost a third (32 percent) of Americans are receiving 20 or more unwanted calls a month, with almost a fifth (18 percent) receiving 30 or more calls.

Kris Kicks of CPR Call Blocker said: “With nine out of ten people saying they receive unwanted calls each month, scam and nuisance calls continue to be a major problem for people in the United States and its often the most vulnerable people in society who are falling victim to telephone scams.

“It is concerning to see the rise in robocalls which makes a shocking first appearance at number one this year – probably down to the hard-fought presidential campaign.”

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