Robocalls Skyrocket Globally, Growing 325% to 85 Billion Worldwide in 2018

Spain, the UK, Italy, France, Argentina and the United States top list of countries hit the hardest by nuisance and fraudulent calls

SEATTLE and BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As mobile leaders convene in Barcelona for this year's Mobile World Congress, Hiya has unveiled its first Global Robocall Radar Report, which estimates that global spam calls grew 325% to 85 billion worldwide. The data, based on analysis of more than 12 billion calls per month worldwide, concluded that while unwanted calls are indeed very prevalent in the United States where regulators have taken notice [], they are also growing rapidly at a global level. Hiya's Global Robocall Radar found that Spain, the UK, Italy, France, Argentina and the United States top the list of countries hit the hardest by nuisance and fraudulent calls.

"As spam calls continue to skyrocket globally, the demand for protection from unwanted phone calls has increased drastically," said Alex Algard, CEO of Hiya. "By combining industry-leading call spam detection with a solution that ensures calls from legitimate businesses are properly identified, it's our mission to make sure everyone across the world can confidently answer their phone again."

With nearly 60 million monthly active users worldwide, Hiya protects consumers from unwanted calls in every country in the world. Global partnerships with carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and OEMs like Samsung have helped to elevate Hiya's leadership position for identifying nuisance and fraudulent calls. In 2018 alone, Hiya identified more than 1.3 billion calls as spam, blocking more than 425 million of them.

Phone Spam is a Growing Problem Worldwide

Hiya analyzes more than 12 billion mobile calls per month globally and then leverages its proprietary rule-based algorithm to identify these calls for consumers. Hiya's Global Robocall Radar is calculated by extrapolating the total number of unwanted robocalls detected among Hiya's user base as compared to the entire global population of mobile subscribers. In addition to observing that robocalls grew 325% to 85 billion in 2018, Hiya's first Global Robocall Radar found the following:

Top 10 Countries With the Biggest Phone Spam Problem

For the top 10 countries with the biggest spam problem, below is a breakdown of the percentage of incoming calls that are not "saved to contacts" and are identified as spam (Spam Rate), in addition to the average number of monthly spam calls per user.

1). Spain:

-- Spam Rate: 24%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 9
2). UK:

-- Spam Rate: 22%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 7
3). Italy:

-- Spam Rate: 21%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 6
4). France:

-- Spam Rate: 20%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 7
5). Argentina:

-- Spam Rate: 10%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 3
6). United States:

-- Spam Rate: 10%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 7
7). Mexico:

-- Spam Rate: 9%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 6
8). Brazil:

-- Spam Rate: 9%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 8
9). Chile:

-- Spam Rate: 9%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 4
10). Australia:

-- Spam Rate: 6%
-- Monthly Spam Calls Per User: 2
Most Prevalent Spam "Campaigns" Worldwide:

-- Bank Account Scam: Callers pretend to be an official representative of
the bank and request sensitive information or items which will allow
them to access the victim's bank account.
-- Extortion/Kidnapping: These scammers call random phone numbers and
demand payment for the return of a "kidnapped" family member or friend.
-- Credit Card Scam: Thieves will trick victims out of their personal
information. They might call, posing as their bank, to "assist" while
phishing for card details. Random scammers might even call hotel rooms
acting as the front desk to "confirm" credit card details.
-- Wangiri Scam ("One Ring"): For years, the Wangiri scam, also known as
the 'One-Ring Scam,' has been preying on victims and enticing them to
call back international numbers. The victim in this case does not
realize that they're being charged for premium rates.
-- Neighbor Scam: Phone fraudsters use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
software to mimic (also known as spoofing) the first few digits of a
user's phone number to trick consumers into thinking a nearby friend or
business is calling.
To view Hiya's Global Robocall Radar report, which includes a country by country breakdown of the top unwanted call categories, top phone spam campaigns, and more, please click here [].

To view Hiya's US specific version of the Robocall Radar report, please click here [].

About Hiya
Hiya is revolutionizing the way people make and receive phone calls. With a mission to provide a better phone experience, Hiya Caller and Business Profiles provide users with important context, giving them the right information at the right time. Through analysis of more than 12 billion calls per month, Hiya protects nearly 60 million users from unwanted robo and spam calls globally. Hiya is available as a consumer app on Google Android and iPhone and is integrated into the phone experience for AT&T Call Protect, T-Mobile Name ID, ZTE Axon 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, the forthcoming Galaxy S10 and all A-Series and J-Series users worldwide. For more information, please visit [].

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