By Next Year, Almost Half Of All Cellphone Calls May Be Scams

By Next Year, Almost Half Of All Cellphone Calls May Be Scams

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Researchers say, by next year, more than 44 percent of peoples' incoming cell phone calls will be scams.

First Orion, which provides caller ID and call blocking services, found that mobile scam calls had increased from 3.7% in 2017 to 29.2% in 2018 - and it's only growing. First Orion EVP Scott Hambuchen testified before Congress in April in a hearing on robocalls, where he said scam calls have grown into a "big problem".

The Internal Revenue Service has also warned taxpayers about phone scams. The IRS says that victims are falsely told they owe money to the government and are urged to pay up through a gift card or wire transfer.

- The amount of scam phone calls is getting worse, according to a report.

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"Recently, the FCC joined forces with several technology companies, including First Orion, to find a way to combat these calls, but we still see rampant increases", he said.

'After working closely with several carriers, we've found that in-network solutions that leverage sophisticated data analysis and machine learning are by far the most accurate way to pinpoint the origin of a call and identify it before it reaches your phone'.

More than half of all complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - more than 200,000 of them - are about unwanted calls. Phone companies were allowed to proactively block calls that they deemed fraudulent.

A new report by First Orion Corp. shows scam calls have drastically surged from 3 percent to almost 30 percent in the a year ago alone.

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