Phone Scams: Five You Need to Beware Of Now

AI is driving the spike in spam calls, with over 25% of calls from unknown numbers deemed unwanted, or spam, study shows. Americans get an average of 14 spam calls per month.

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AI is driving the spike in phone scams with one out of every four calls flagged as unknown ultimately determined to be "unwanted," or spam, a new study shows. The rise in activity means that Americans are now receiving an average of 14 spam calls per month.

Hiya, a provider of voice security, recently released a study on phone fraud and spam calls at its State of the Call Summit on October 5th. Of the 98 billion calls observed globally, 25% were flagged as spam or fraud. Of the 2.13 billion calls observed in the U.S. alone, 27% were flagged as spam; however, on the upside, 26% were ultimately determined to be "nuisance" calls and only 1% to be fraud. 

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Seychelle Thomas
Contributing Writer

Seychelle is a seasoned financial professional turned personal finance writer. She’s passionate about empowering people to make smart financial decisions by combining 10 years of finance industry experience with solid research and a wealth of knowledge. Seychelle is also a Nav-certified credit and lending expert who has explored money topics such as debt consolidation, budgeting, credit, and lending in her work for publications including GOBankingRates, LendEDU, and Credible. 

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