11% Monthly Robocall Decrease in April Confirms Robocallers Are Paying Attention To Upcoming STIR/SHAKEN Deadline
NEW YORK, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- RoboKiller, the app that eliminates 99% of spam calls and text messages, reveals Americans received an estimated 5.7 billion spam calls in April 2021 - an 11% decrease from March. April's 6.6 billion total spam texts decelerated by 10% from March's 7.4 billion.
April's robocall decrease is not a surprise, however. Historically, April and May have shown flat or decreasing levels of total spam calls in the U.S. because scammers tend to push IRS & tax season phone scams in February and March ahead of the standard tax deadlines in April. It is also notable that spam call volumes continue to grow on an annual basis and represent a record high for the month of April.
April 2021's spam call trends may also be related to the upcoming STIR / SHAKEN (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) and Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs (SHAKEN)) implementation deadline, which is designed to combat caller ID spoofing on phone networks in the United States, and recent announcements by large U.S. carriers that have already implemented the framework. However, given the continued annual growth and seasonal factors cited above, it appears unlikely that Americans can expect meaningful decreases in total spam calls in the months ahead.
APRIL 2021 KEY PHONE SCAM TRENDS
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Phone Scammers Are Paying Attention To The Approaching STIR/SHAKEN Deadline
Despite large carriers such as T Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T recently announcing adoption of the framework ahead of the June deadline, Americans are on track to receive more than 70 billion spam calls in 2021 - a 28% increase from 2020. High spam call volume from January to March 2021 indicates that scammers may already be looking for new ways around the STIR/SHAKEN system - and succeeding. The recent explosion of spam texts also reflect increased efforts by phone scammers to find new ways to steal from Americans over the phone.
Will STIR/SHAKEN Stop the Spam Call Problem For Good?
RoboKiller's cutting-edge call blocking technology closes the possible loopholes in the STIR/SHAKEN framework by:
RoboKiller Adopts STIR/SHAKEN Framework for Consumers and Businesses
Since the framework's creation in 2019, RoboKiller has been working diligently to integrate STIR/SHAKEN into our already 99% effective spam call blocking algorithm. RoboKiller users can expect continued or even elevated levels of spam call blocking effectiveness following the June 30th deadline.
To help accelerate STIR/SHAKEN's impact and protect more Americans from robocalls, RoboKiller recently released its new Enterprise API for businesses of all sizes. While not all organizations will be technically or financially able to implement full STIR/SHAKEN by the upcoming deadline, businesses of any size can implement a Robocall Mitigation Program, including blacklists, reputation scoring, and other mechanisms, all of which can be provided by RoboKiller's new Call Confidence API.
"Government efforts like STIR/SHAKEN are a positive step towards putting an end to robocalls," said Giulia Porter, Vice President of RoboKiller. "The continued rise of spam calls in 2021 indicates that scammers are taking the framework seriously, which also likely means they'll be quick to exploit the known gaps. We're excited about the opportunity STIR/SHAKEN brings RoboKiller and its users for continued advancements in our all-encompassing solution to spam calls."
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RoboKiller's Data Insights
For a comprehensive analysis of robocall trends in specific cities, states, and area codes, details on particular phone scams, or any other related custom inquiries, please contact RoboKiller's robocall insights team here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With more than 12 million downloads to date, RoboKiller has been named a leader in technical and mobile achievement by the Webby Awards, Media Excellence, Best in Biz, and more. RoboKiller was also named the most effective solution to robocalls by the FTC as the winner of the most recent Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back competition. RoboKiller is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. To learn more about RoboKiller, visit www.robokiller.com.
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