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Spam Calls

If you answer your phone and hear this recording, hang up immediately

September 30th, 2021

Spam calls are unbelievably annoying and, at times, seemingly incessant. Once your number makes it onto some sort of list, the deluge of robocalls and messages from scam artists can drive anyone mad. While some spam calls are easy to screen, scam artists have grown increasingly clever when it comes to coercing you to pick …


Here’s why you might start getting fewer robocalls after this week

June 29th, 2021

2020 was a waking nightmare, but if there were any silver linings, one of them might have been the precipitous drop in robocalls and spam calls. According to the software developer YouMail, there were nearly 13 billion fewer robocalls in 2020 than there were in 2019, as even scammers were affected by the pandemic. Unfortunately, …


Robocalls are the worst they’ve been since the pandemic started

March 5th, 2021

If you feel like robocalls have picked up significantly in recent weeks, you are not imagining it. Citing data collected by YouMail over the last twelve months, CNN reports that Americans received more than 4.6 billion robocalls in February, which was a 15.1% increase over January despite the fact that February was three days shorter. …

AT&T vs spam calls

AT&T is finally cracking down on robocalls to select Android phones

December 18th, 2019

AT&T on Wednesday unveiled a new tool in the eternal struggle against spammers and robocallers — a call display that, if you ask anyone frustrated by the onslaught of spam calls, arrives not a moment too soon. The display will alert the recipient if an incoming call seems to be coming from a spoofed number …


AT&T will finally help users effectively block harassing robocalls

July 9th, 2019

Over the past few years, annoying robocalls have seemingly become inescapable and, for some, an everyday nuisance. Last year alone, there were upwards of 48 billion robocalls made to individuals in the United States, a figure which represents a 325% increase compared to 2017. What’s more, the scammers behind many of these robocalls have gotten …


The FCC is finally taking robocalls seriously

June 6th, 2019

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai quoted a late Democratic Senator from South Carolina, Fritz Hollings, in an op-ed he penned for USA Today Thursday ahead of a vote by the commission to give carriers new permission to block robocalls by default. The FCC’s vote Thursday was unanimous, a rare thing in the nation’s capital …

iOS 13

iOS 13 could bring our robocall nightmare to an end

June 4th, 2019

Among the scores of new features and updates that await iOS users when the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system arrives this fall is one that didn’t really get much of the spotlight yesterday at WWDC, but which may end up being one of the most appreciated of the entire release. For those of …

Robocall scams

Beware: This new robocall scam could cost you big time

May 7th, 2019

It seems that robocallers have have begun to evolve a bit, as media coverage brings increased scrutiny and potential regulatory action in response to their practices. Now that consumers are starting to get wise to the barrage of robocalls and the myriad spam calls that flood their phones on the daily, robocallers have increasingly found …