• Atlanta ranks No. 1 for most robocalls nationwide in November, data shows

    By: Courtney Kueppers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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    As robocalls continue to be rampant, Atlantans may be especially susceptible to the annoyance. 

    According to a report from YouMail, which tracks robocalls nationwide, Atlanta was home to the most robocalls in the nation in November — nearly 200 million calls, or an average of 6.6 million each day.

    That's actually a slight decline from the record-setting 221 million robocalls that Atlantans received in October.

    There's been a bit of a drop after attempts that have been made by cell phone carriers and tech companies to thwart off the annoyance, but Americans have still received a record-number of robocalls in 2019 — as many as 49 billion, according to some estimates.

    "It's hard to imagine, but we are still on pace to wind up with nearly 60 billion calls to U.S. consumers this year," YouMail CEO Alex Quilici said in a release.

    For the uninitiated, a robocall is anytime you pick up your phone and hear a pre-recorded message instead of a live person on the other end. They are often trying to sell you something or scam you in some way — many of which have been highly effective.

    In the last couple of months alone: a Cobb woman lost $35,000 to scammers and a University of Georgia student was scammed out of $30,000.

    In both cases, the scams started with a robocall claiming their social security numbers had been compromised, the AJC previously reported

    "Don't ever say, ‘Please, that'll never happen to me,'" Karen Faulkner, the Cobb woman who was scammed, told the AJC. "Don't ever say that, because it can happen to you." 

    While not all robocalls are scams (others come from telemarketers or companies reminding you to pay bills), that does account for the largest slice of the pie in Atlanta. About 44.2% of the robocalls Atlantans received in November were scams, according to the YouMail report

    These were the most common robocalls in Atlanta in November:
    800-955-6600, Capital One, Bank/Credit Card Payment Reminder
    888-934-6489, Customer Call, Service Appointment Reminder
    855-245-7098, Toll Free, Debt Collector
    404-475-6611, Inteliquent, Generic Scammer
    800-318-2596, Toll Free, Health Insurance Spam

    Here are some tips from the Federal Communications Commission on ways to avoid scams from robocalls:

    • Don't answer calls from unknown numbers
    • Just because a number is local, doesn't mean it's a local caller
    • Don't respond to any questions or press any numbers — even if the caller says it means you will stop getting similar calls
    • Don't give out information like your social security number, mother's maiden name or passwords over the phone
    • You can block the number or report it to the Federal Trade Commission

    This article was written by Courtney Kueppers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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