Robocalls on the rise for Americans, reports suggest

Massachusetts

How many times has it happened to you, you get a call from a number that’s not available? 

“I do get them weekly, I never really keep count of them, but they do come in,” a Ludlow resident told 22News. 

Americans continue to be bombarded by robocalls, and this year is shaping up to be one of the worst.

More than 30 billion robocalls were made last year. YouMail, a company that compiles a National Robocall index by monitoring automated call patterns and behaviors, reports 16 billion robocalls in the first five and a half months of this year alone.  

“If I get calls unavailable, I don’t know who it is, I won’t pick up,” Joe Koziol of Ludlow said.

There are ways to recognize and block robocalls, including apps such as “RoboKiller.”

Start with this: Add your number to the do-not-call list, don’t answer calls from unfamiliar numbers, and don’t give any information to anyone you don’t know.  

“I’ve told them I’m just not interested in whatever they start asking anything person, and eventually I might just have to hang up because they won’t take that as an answer,” Maryellen Palazzi of Springfield said. 

Many robocalls will claim they are the IRS filing a lawsuit against you. In this case, just hang up because the IRS will never call you for any legal matter. 

If you hear a moment of silence when you pick up the phone, that’s a good indication you are receiving a robocall.

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