RealCall has released its Quarterly Report on Scam Calls with the key conclusions as below:
- Scam calls become increasingly rampant, and it’s estimated that the number will keep rising in Q4.
- The leading scam types include cryptocurrency investment scams, online shopping scams and job scams.
- Top 5 area code scams include 530, 502, 626, 915, and 315.
- RealCall has been helping millions of users in the US and around the world to protect against scams.
Never expect scam calls to disappear forever.
As a part of scams, scam calls are usually used as a way to kickstart a dialogue with victims, either in voice or text. However, it’s unrealistic to expect scam calls to disappear forever. According to the data released by FCC and reports provided by RealCall users, scam calls have witnessed a huge increase from January to September in 2022 and the number keeps constantly rising.
Who can be a target victim of call scammers? EVERYONE, sadly!
Everyone can be a victim as long as there is a “play script” matching his or her “pain spots”. From July to September, the spam calls and texts blocked by RealCall keep going up respectively from 19.58 million to 30.63 million, and from 9.8 billion to 11.6 billion.
Keep in mind: Scam calls can never end, and they should be regarded as being an inevitable part of our life.
Top Scam Types – Whenever such an issue below is concerned, it must be a scam.
3 leading scam types are seen most according to RealCall database, including:
- Cryptocurrency investment scams
- Online shopping scams
- Job scams
Cryptocurrency Investment Scams
Cryptocurrency investment scams are becoming increasingly popular along with the extraordinary popularity and widespread marketing of cryptocurrencies. Scammers always establish contact with victims through calls or texts claiming to be wrong dialers or senders so that trust can be built naturally and instantly. As communications go up and deepen, cryptocurrency investment will be surely suggested during any dialogue.
Online Shopping Scams
Online shopping scams cover such a wide range of dimensions that this type of scam is available since the advent of the Internet. Therefore, online shopping scams sound “old school” because they never disappear. The only change occurring in online shopping scams now is what the “hook” is like.
Online shopping scammers always mislead victims to believe their online shopping accounts are going through abnormalities with a fake link. Once the victims click such links and even enter the information, all their personal information will be instantly stolen or abused. In addition, as holidays arrive during the holiday season in the 4th quarter of 2022, it’s estimated that more online shopping scams will be seen.
Post COVID-19, it’s becoming dramatically difficult for people to find jobs and scammers also rush into the job-hunting area for instant profits. In addition, as a number of remote jobs are created after the pandemic, more possibilities can be achieved by scammers to cheat victims out of privacy or money. Scammers always mislead victims to provide as much personal information as possible so as to take advantage of them.
Top 5 Area Code Scams
According to RealCall blocking data, the top 5 area code scams in the US include:
- 530 – California
- 502 – Kentucky
- 626 – California
- 915 – Texas
- 315 – New York
It doesn’t mean all numbers starting with the above area codes should be rejected but it’s suggested to stay alert when an unknown number is seen on your phone screen with such an area code above.
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For complete data and conclusions of this report, refer to the image below.
The report pdf can be downloaded here: