Almost nine out of ten people (89 percent) in America receive nuisance calls each month, according to a recent survey which has also revealed the top five nuisance calls received in the U.S. last year.
The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker, also revealed that 13 percent of U.S. adults have been a victim of a telephone scam. Of those who have been scammed, almost half (48 percent) said they had lost between $100 and $10,000 as a result with four percent having lost more than $10,000.
The survey also revealed the top five nuisance calls received by U.S. adults last year are: Robocalls/automated messages, 66 percent; Credit card/loan arrangers, 28 percent; Charitable causes, 23 percent; Telephone/long distance call providers, 11 percent; Lottery/sweepstake providers, 10 percent.
While not all calls are scams, the shocking statistics show that organizations making these unwanted calls are ignoring consumers’ requests to be removed from call lists as 60 percent claim to receive repeated calls from the same organization despite telling them to stop calling.
Almost a third (32 percent) of Americans are receiving 20 or more unwanted calls a month, with almost a fifth (18 percent) receiving 30 or more calls.
“With nine out of ten people saying they receive unwanted calls each month, scam and nuisance calls continue to be a major problem for people in the U.S. and it’s often the most vulnerable people in society who are falling victim to telephone scams,” Kris Kicks of CPR Call Blocker said. “It is concerning to see the rise in robocalls which makes a shocking first appearance at number one this year – probably due to the hard-fought presidential campaign.”
CPR Call Blocker commissions the research annually to highlight the scale of unwanted calls across the US. Its range of call blockers offer an immediate solution to the problem. The device is plugged into home phones and allows consumers to cut off unwanted calls as they come in and permanently block them from calling again.