Americans slammed by 2.6 Billion robocalls in July
August 8, 2017
• A 3 percent rise over June
• Consumers warned not accept calls from unfamiliar numbers
The nation’s robocalling nightmare rose to 2.59 billion calls received in July, a 2.7 percent increase over June and a 7.5 percent increase over the same month last year, bringing the total to 17.2 billion robocalls received nationwide in the first seven months of 2017, according to data from telecommunications software maker YouMail Inc. of Irvine.
Notably, Texas was blitzed by a record-breaking 307.9 million calls in July, or 11 robocalls per person, marking the most robocalls received by any state in a single month since recordkeeping began in June 2015.
In addition, 40 of the 50 “Most Robocalled Cities” in America posted month-on-month increases in robocalling volumes in July.
The 2.59 billion calls received nationwide equals an estimated 83.8 million robocalls per day in July. That pace equates to 3.5 million robocalls per hour, or some 58,000 calls during every minute of the month.
For any given hour, over 1 percent of the country received a robocall. And, says YouMail, the actual problem is worse because there are fewer calls during nighttime, meaning for any given hour during daytime, roughly 2 percent of the country is getting a robocall.
YouMail, which offers a free service to helpconsumers stop over 500 million robocalls in the past year, compiles the scope and location of the worst robocalling hotspots across the country by area code in the YouMail Robocall Index. The Federal Communications Commission has cited statistics from the YouMail Robocall Index as a definitive source for national data trends, the company says.
"Despite increased efforts by the FCC and wireless carriers to fight back, our national robocalling plague continues to afflict too many American consumers," says Alex Quilici, CEO of YouMail. "We would advise frustrated people to take direct action by downloading a call-blocking solution onto their phones and then avoid answering any calls made from unfamiliar numbers."
California was the state that made the most robocalls in July by far, with 219.1 million calls placed. That compares to #2 Texas (178.4 million), #3 Florida (150.7 million), #4 New York (112.4 million), and #5 Ohio (97.5 million).
Los Angeles held onto its dubious distinction as the “Most Prolific Robocalling City” in July, rising 4.8 percent to 72 million calls placed. It was followed by Chicago (64.5 million) and Dallas (62.3 million).