The number of robocalls received in U.S. each month has been setting new records recently. More than 2.49 billion – an average 930 per second – were received nationwide in May, 6.3 percent more than April’s total, according to the latest National Robocall Index report from YouMail. That tied for the monthly record,
YouMail, a provider of robocall blocking software, tracks calls blocked or reported as spam by its subscribers nationwide – consumers and businesses – and uses algorithms to detect any automatically dialed calls. This call data is collected and used in producing the National Robocall Index.
Robocalls Received in U.S.
The number of robocalls received in U.S. over the past 12 months was just shy of 19 billion– nearly 80 for every U.S. adult, YouMail highlights in a press release.
Who’s making all these robocalls, and where do they originate?
According to YouMail, debt collectors working on behalf of banks, retailers, student loan originators and telecom providers accounted for 16 of the top 20 robo-dialers in May. Collectively, they accounted for 80 percent of the total calls placed for the month. Education service providers and telemarketers were other high-volume sources.
Columbus, Ohio passed New York City to rank as the city that generated the most robocalls – 78.4 million – in May. New York City (71.0 million), Dallas (62.6 million), Los Angeles (62.0 million) and Chicago (50.3 million) followed.
On the receiving end, Atlanta topped YouMail’s list of the top 50 U.S. cities in which most robocalls were received for the sixth consecutive month – an estimated 105 million, up 8 percent from April’s level. Dallas (93.7 million), New York (89.7 million), Chicago (89 million) and Houston (84.6 million) rounded out the top 5.
Atlanta also received the most robocalls per capita – an average 38.0 per person per month. Baton Rouge ranked second with an average 32.7 per month and Washington D.C. third with an average 26.8.