Spam Calls Are Down During Coronavirus Outbreak




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Close up of girl on laptop and cellphoneThe number of complaints due to robocalls has dropped significantly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to research from AllAreaCodes. The site took a look at data from the Federal Trade Commission and noted dips in consumer complaints throughout March as the World Health Organization declared a pandemic and the several areas in the US began instituting large-scale stay-at-home measures.

In all, the group noted that the second week of March saw a 15 percent drop in the number of complaints filed to the FTC regarding Do-Not-Call registry violations compared to the start of the month. That trend continued in the following weeks with a 23 percent drop in the third week and a 56 percent dip by month’s end.

The decrease is being felt more in some states versus others, with Washington notching the steepest decline — a 71 percent drop when comparing the week of March 22nd to the week of March 1st. Meanwhile, Rhode Island’s 29 percent drop during the same period represents the smallest recorded change.

And while the site notes the reduction could be welcome relief to consumers, it might also serve as an indication of how severely the overall economy has been affected by the pandemic.

As for our reader, have you noticed a drop in robocalls over the past month or so? Let us know in the comments.

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