Believe it or not, robocalls are on the rise!
Americans received about 48 billion robocalls in 2018, according to YouMail, a company that blocks and tracks robocalls.
Even worse, Florida ranks number three in total volume of calls. On average, people living in Tampa received approximately 21 robocalls last month alone.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act governs the use of robocalls. However, the rules do not apply to scam robocalls. It’s best to not pick up these calls. The government has technology to block these calls, but for now, the technology has not been implemented.
Florida is likely a target due to our more elderly population. Additionally, Florida residents tend to answer the phone.
The more you answer, the more they’ll call.
To sum it up, don’t answer the phone if the call looks suspicious. The nuisance calls should slowly subside as the government grinds into action. Until then, patience is key.
Source: Channel 8