RoboKiller Finds Spam Calls Increased 4% In January

The volume of spam calls returned to pre-holiday levels, according to data from RoboKiller, the app that eliminates 99% of spam calls and text messages. Americans received an estimated 6.5 billion spam calls in January – a 4% increase from December. Spam text message volume, on the other hand, decreased 6%, the first decrease since October.

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Scammers posing as shipping or package delivery companies decreased 53% in January. RoboKiller believes this is because holiday shopping ended. However, Americans shouldn’t count this scam out as it has remained one of the top scam texts over the last year.

Spoofed Calls Remain Unchanged

STIR/SHAKEN appeared to be gaining momentum in November and December 2021. RoboKiller identified a decrease in spoofed call rates but they remain unchanged since. RoboKiller has yet to see a substantial impact from the STIR/SHAKEN framework.

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January 2022 Key Phone Spam Trends

Top Spam Texts Nationwide:

Spam Text Category Estimated Spam Texts % of Total Spam Texts
Delivery (Amazon, UPS, USPS, etc.) 938,776,296 11.22%
Bank Scams 224,914,199 2.69%
Apple + Hardware Sweepstakes 165,663,723 1.98%

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Top Spam Calls Nationwide:

Robocall Category Estimated Spam Calls % of Total Robocalls Robocall Examples
Vehicle Warranty 1,098,579,479 16.81% Listen to scam recording
Health Insurance 253,568,613 3.88% Listen to scam recording

*All audio examples are phone scams blocked and audio fingerprinted by RoboKiller

Car warranty spam calls remain the most common robocall since RoboKiller started monitoring these calls in 2017. RoboKiller anticipates car warranty calls will continue to hold their reign into 2022.

Coming Soon: 2021 Year In Review

RoboKiller will release its 2021  phone spam and political messaging reports later this month.

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