While Americans talk on the phone less often, robots seem to be more keen to do so... Statista's Katharina Buchholz notes that an analysis by spam protection app provider Hiya has found that
26.3 billion calls were placed by machines in the U.S. in 2018 – and that most robots were up to no good. You will find more infographics at Statista The company estimates that the number is
an increase of 46 percent in robocalls over 2017. Considering that there were 274 million mobile phone plan subscribers in the U.S. in 2018, robots called every mobile phone user an average of eight times a month. Robots were used to scam people with fake vouchers or lottery wins. Other phone users were charged when calling back an overseas number.
The biggest segment of calls made by robots were just annoying spam (32.1 percent), according to Hiya. Cases of actual fraud amounted up to an estimated 25.5 percent of all robocalls made. Another 24.7 percent of calls were placed by telemarketer machines.
Texas was the state most heavily targeted by
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