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Technology Is your phone ringing less? Study says spam calls are down due to coronavirus

01:10  17 april  2020
01:10  17 april  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Has your phone been ringing less while you're stuck at home? A new study found that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a decrease in spam calls. 

A new study from AllAreaCodes.com found that spam phone calls have declined 58 percent nationally. The company said it analyzed one million consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 8. 

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Since that time, Ohio saw a 51 percent decrease, Kentucky saw a 54 percent decrease and Indiana saw a 58 percent decrease, AllAreaCodes.com said. 

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"Nationally, the number of complaints has steadily decreased every week.  March 8 saw a 15% decline, March 22 a 23% decline, and the most recent figures for the week of April 5 jumped to a 58% decline," the group said.

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The FTC said spam calls have been down but scammers are still out in force and taking advantage of the pandemic. 

"While reports of robocalls are way down overall, we’re now hearing about callers invoking the COVID-19 pandemic to pretend to be from the government, or making illegal medical or health care pitches, among other topics," the FTC said Wednesday. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Is your phone ringing less? Study says spam calls are down due to coronavirus

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