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Robocalls skyrocket by 325 percent worldwide, as people demand protection

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The global scourge of robocalls shows no sign of stopping.

According to a new report from Hiya, worldwide spam calls grew by as much as 325 percent to 85 billion dollars over the past years worldwide.

“If spam calls continue to skyrocket worldwide, the demand for protection against unwanted calls has increased drastically,” said Alex Algard, CEO of Hiya, in a statement.

“By combining industry-leading call spam detection with a solution that ensures calls from legitimate businesses are properly identified, that is our mission to ensure that everyone around the world can confidently answer their phone again,” he added.

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Some people have given up and are no longer answering their phones.

Hiya analyzed more than 12 billion calls per month and uses patented algorithms to identify the calls that are unwanted. The full global report can be viewed here.

Regulators are taking notice of the increasing complaints from consumers and companies like T-Mobile and Verizon are taking steps to prevent robocalls and flag them for customers.

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Hiya found that Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and France have the biggest problem with robocalls. The most prominent spam campaigns worldwide banking, extortion/kidnapping, and credit cards.

In the U.S., the spam rate is 10 percent and there are about seven monthly spam calls per user, according to the report.

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