If you’ve been inundated with robocalls lately, you’re not alone.
The latest data from the communications services company YouMail shows there was an average of 6.1 million robocalls placed every hour in April 2021. And, on average, every American with a phone got 13 robocalls during the month.
The new data also shows the cities and area codes that endured the most robocalls during that time period. They include some of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Do you live in one of them? Let’s look at the 10 locations most affected:
Robocallers Targeted These Cities the Most in April 2021
|Cities||Area Code||Estimated Calls Received||% Change Month-Over-Month|
|Atlanta, Ga.||404, 678 and 770||165,711,200||-11|
|Dallas, Texas||214 and 817||156,859,200||-10|
|Chicago||773, 708, 469 and 972||132,968,800||-13|
|New York||646, 917 and 347||122,799,700||-14|
|Houston||832, 281 and 713||118,399,100||-11|
|Los Angeles||310, 818 and 323||105,144,800||-12|
|Phoenix||480, 602 and 520||92,036,800||-10|
|Baltimore||301, 443 and 240||90,716,900||-7|
|Newark, New Jersey||201||79,174,200||-11|
|Philadelphia||267 and 215||72,003,500||-7|
Robocalls aren’t just an annoying waste of time. They could end up costing you because plenty of those calls are out-and-out scams trying to separate you from your money.
Money expert Clark Howard has a strategy to prevent getting scammed.
“Consider following my rule,” Clark says. “It’s a simple rule: If I don’t recognize the number as being from someone I know, I do not answer the call.”
The major cell phone carriers provide anti-junk call initiatives to cut down on nuisance calls to their customers. Here are a few:
If you want to learn more, read up on how to stop robocalls for good.