Research by Truecaller, an app which has over 250 million users globally, showed that an Indian smartphone user received over 22 spam calls a month, or almost a call a day. The US and Brazil came in second with over 20 calls per user each month.
The report says that over half of India’s spam calls (54%) originated from telecom operators, “Many of these operators are seeking to provide special offers for free data, or unlimited calls.Which doesn’t sound so bad, until you get bombarded by them.“
Nuisance calls -including unwanted, harassment and pranks -stake claim to 20% of the calls. Among the other spam calls Indians receive are 13% from telemarketers, 9% from financial services while 3% are related to insurance and scams.
This is despite the fact that India’s regulatory system includes a do-not-dis turb (DND) registry as well as an unsolicited commercial communication regulation.
Other countries are not much better off either. Unwanted calls to Americans have risen sharply by 20% in the last two months. Telecom operators are the top spammers (33%) in Brazil, with calls seeking to provide special offers for data and calling plans. The second biggest spammers in Brazil are debt collectors, though sometimes these calls can be fraudsters pretending to collect money for illegitimate reasons.
Chile, South Africa and Mexico are next among spam-plagued countries. The data for the report was aggregated anonymously from incoming calls that were either marked as spam by users or had automatically been flagged by Truecaller.