- Americans received nearly 4.5 billion robocalls in August, according to YouMail
- Florida saw 363.5 million robocalls in August, an 18% increase
- US consumers have received 32.6 billion robocalls in 2022 so far
Americans received nearly 4.5 billion robocalls in August, with the Sunshine State experiencing an 18% increase in monthly calls, according to a new report from YouMail.
The latest figures by YouMail, a free robocall blocking app and call protection service for mobile phones, show a massive 17.4% increase from July, both on a monthly and daily basis. August averaged 144.4 million calls/day and 1,672 calls/second, compared to 123.1 million calls/day and 1,424 calls/second in July — the highest volume of robocalls in a single month since March 2021.
YouMail added that US consumers have received 32.6 billion robocalls so far in 2022, and the country has continued on a pace to exceed 48 billion robocalls for the year, roughly the same as last year.
“It was unexpected to see such a large jump in robocalls in August, despite all the efforts to address the problem,” said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. “It suggests that there continues to be a need to step up enforcement, improve technology, and see more changes in consumer behavior.
Together, there were roughly 2.3 billion unwanted scam and telemarketing calls in August, up from roughly 1.9 billion in July. This heavy calling volume was driven by a 32% increase in telemarketing calls and an 8% increase in scam calls. However, YouMail highlighted a 15% increase in both notifications and payment reminders, the types of robocalls that are generally acceptable to consumers.
Additionally, there were a few changes to the cities, area codes, and states getting the most robocalls. Macon, Georgia, replaced Washington, DC, as the 3rd highest robocalled city, with a 25% increase in robocall volume month over month. Houston’s 832 area code jumped ahead of Dallas’s 214 area code as the 2nd most robocalled area code. And Tennessee replaced Alabama as the state with the 3rd most robocalls per person, with a 25% increase.
Texas, California, and Florida led all states with the most robocalls in August. Florida, alone, saw 363.5 million calls. Texas took the top spot with 535.6 million calls, and California took the silver medal with 413.7 calls.
August’s most unwanted robocall campaign was the same tax scam campaign from July that continues to make tens of millions of robocalls every week from thousands of different numbers.