Nov 16, 2019

Americans received a record number of robocalls in October

A person's hands on a cellphone.

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People in the U.S. received more than 2,000 robocalls a second in October, CNBC reports. That's a record, and a 25% hike over September's numbers.

Be smart: Cell phone carriers are offering services to help consumers deal with the phenomenon. The number of robocalls has topped 49 billion this year, according to CNBC.

  • T-mobile uses a "scam likely" label when the calls come in.
  • Verizon offers a free service that filters calls to its customers.

Of note: Legislation in the works in Congress would require carriers to verify the legitimacy of calls, reports.

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