Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

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

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

The company found a drastic increase in scam calls over the past year with 3.7 percent of calls being fraudulent in 2017 and 29.2 percent in 2018.

First Orion, an Arkansas-based phone call and data transparency solutions provider, analyzed over 50 billion calls made to customers over the past 18 months to come up with their 2019 prediction.

CEO and Head Data Scientist of First Orion Charles D. Morgan says companies are working to fight back against the fraudulent call epidemic.

The Internal Revenue Service has also warned taxpayers about phone scams.

The scammers are always trying to stay one step ahead, of course: phone number spoofing makes it appear that a number similar to your own is calling you, increasing the likelihood that you'll pick up. The calls consist of an IRS "employee" claiming that a user owes money and could face jail time if they fail to pay.

Call-blocking apps only block known scam numbers, not legitimate numbers that are momentarily hijacked by scammers for spoof calls.

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The IRS also stated that scammers could try to use Hurricane Florence as a means to get additional information from people.

The rising number of spam calls has attracted attention from lawmakers and the consumers who have received them.

First Orion said it will use a new technology, "CallPrinting", to stop the growing number of spam calls.

More than half of all complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - more than 200,000 of them - are about unwanted calls. To combat robo-calls and caller ID spoofing, the FCC has allowed phone carriers to block calls that may be illegal and has taken action against scammers, issuing hundreds of millions of dollars in fines.

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

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