An alarming new report says that the volume of calls from unknown numbers is on the rise. According to Inquisitr, First Orion claims that “nearly half of all calls to mobile phones will be fraudulent in 2019 unless the industry adopts and implements more effective call protection solutions.”
To many of us, that may not come as a huge surprise: everyday, thousands of cell phone owners are plagued by robocallers and scammers who are now using a technique called ‘neighbor spoofing’ to essentially trick people into picking up. There are two prevalent neighbor spoofing techniques: robocallers use a number with the same area code and exchange as your own (a.k.a., the first six numbers), or when scammers impersonate and modify phone numbers from neighbors, friends, and local business to entice you to pick up the phone.
The company first released a report in 2017 that claimed that only 3.7 percent of calls received on cell phones were from scammers. That has grown to a whopping 44.6 percent projected in this latest report.
First Orion Corp., a company that specializes in cell phone protection, analyzed over 50 billion calls made to tens of millions of cell phone users to determine the number. The company is currently partnered with many mobile phone companies such as Sprint, T Mobile, Virgin Mobile, MetroPCS, and Tracfone.
Their in-network technology has allowed them to both identify new scam methods and prevent scam calls by warning the mobile phone users which calls may be fraudulent. However, many people still use third-party call blocking apps: because neighbor spoofing allows the scammer to disguise their phone number, these apps are not as effective as in-network technology.
Read more on how to know if you are the victim of neighbor spoofing by checking out the NeighborWho blog.
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