Robocalls Targeting Americans Cross 24 Billion in H1 2022

Robocalls are frequently used by legitimate medical professionals to confirm appointments as well as by marketing agencies who want to automate their sales pitches, but they can also be used by scammers because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up tricking people who are not familiar with them. The team at Atlas VPN recently put out a report (based on RoboCallIndex data) that shows how many robocalls Americans have faced in the first half of 2022.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that each individual American received about 74 distinct robocalls during the first half of 2022, which brings the total number of robocalls during this period to around 24 billion. Interestingly, this represents an 8% decrease from the number of robocalls that Americans received in the same period in 2021 with all things having been considered and taken into account.

In the first half of 2021, Americans received approximately 26.4 billion robocalls in total. This is 8% lower than the first half of 2022, but in spite of the fact that this is the case robocalls have actually increased on a quarter by quarter basis. The fourth quarter of 2021 11.82 billion robocalls targeting American consumers which was down from 12.25 billion in the third quarter, but the first quarter of 2022 saw these numbers rise to 12.04 billion and now in the second quarter Q3 2021 figures have been surpassed with around 12.26 billion calls from robotic sources.

March was the worst month of the year so far with around 4.37 billion robocalls being made to Americans, and it is starting to increase the upward trajectory of robocalls in the country. This is a concerning trend, one that requires quick action because scammers and malicious actors are using robocalls to increase the footprint of their fraudulent activities.

74 robocalls per consumer is far more than what people would be comfortable with since it amounts to around 3 robocalls every single hour of the day. Steps must be taken to reduce their frequency somewhat.
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