It’s not your imagination — robocalls are on the rise


August 14, 2018

Robocalls — those annoying, automated spam and scam messages — are on the rise.

So far in 2018, more than 16.3 billion spam phone calls have pestered people across the country, according to YouMail, a robocall watch­dog that offers free call-blocking software.

In May alone, the average American fielded more than 12 spam calls, the company adds.

Those numbers mark a sharp uptick and people are clearly fed up: Robocalls have been the No. 1 consumer complaint at the Federal Trade Commission for several years, including 4 million gripes in 2017, the FTC’s Ian Barlow tells The Post...

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