POSTED AT 09:37 AM 14-12-2017
Over 90% increase in SL spam calls in 2017 - study
The recently published Truecaller Insights: ‘Top Spammers in Sri Lanka in 2017’ report reveals that in Sri Lanka there is a 92% increase in spam calls between January to December this year. Truecaller, the world’s most used Caller ID & Spam Detection app, has helped its users in Sri Lanka identify over 8.5 million spam calls, just this year alone.
One major problem around spam calls in Sri Lanka are calls from telco operators, which amount to the majority (72%) of the total for reported spam calls. Operator spam calls involve telecom companies cold calling people.
During these type of calls, call centre agents attempt to upsell data plans or push promotional offers to the public at large. Another major spam call problem that Sri Lankans have to deal with is scam calls, these accounted for 22% of all spam calls.
Scam calls are basically attempts to defraud you via your telephone, with scammers using a phony scheme to swindle money from unsuspecting members of the public.
Where, recently the ‘one ring scam’ also popularly called the ‘Wangiri phone scam’ affected many Sri Lankans.
Rounding off the spam call list in Sri Lanka are nuisance calls at 3%, these kinds of spam calls in general are unwanted and unsolicited calls that are a disturbance for users, or at the very least amount to prank calls and at worst, harassment.
The rest of the listed spam calls were constituted by financial services (3%) such as banking product offers, unsolicited credit union calls or credit card companies cold dialing people.
In Sri Lanka most operators offer the service of blocking calls via SMS or USSD code. However, this comes with a price and also requires effort in order to remember the SMS number or USSD codes for activation of the service.