Almost nine out of ten people (89%) in America receive nuisance calls each month according to a recent survey which has also revealed the top five nuisance calls received in the US.
The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker, makers of the best selling call blocking device in the US, also revealed that 13 per cent of US adults have been a victim of a telephone scam. Of those who have been scammed, almost half (48 per cent) said they had lost between $100 and $10,000 as a result with four per cent having lost more than $10,000.
The survey also revealed the top five nuisance calls received by US adults are:
1. Robocalls/automated messages (66 per cent)
2. Credit card/loan arrangers (28 per cent)
3. Charitable causes (23 per cent)
4. Telephone/long distance call providers (11 per cent)
5. Lottery/sweepstake providers (10 per cent)
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 per cent claim to receive repeated calls from the same organization despite telling them to stop calling.
Almost a third (32 per cent) of Americans are receiving 20 or more unwanted calls a month, with almost a fifth (18 per cent) receiving 30 or more calls.
Kris Kicks of CPR Call Blocker said: "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 US and its often the most vulnerable people in society who are falling victim to telephone scams.
"It is concerning to see the rise in robocalls which makes a shocking first appearance at number one this year - probably down 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. Their latest model, CPR Call Blocker Shield, is already pre-programmed to block 2,000 known nuisance callers and gives consumers the option to add a further 1,500.