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Global spam call ranking: India falls to 5th spot

Date: 05 December 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices

Issue

India has dropped down to the fifth position in global spam call ranking but witnessed 15% increase in spam calls in 2019, according to Swedish caller identification app Truecaller.

 

Background

According to the ‘Truecaller Insights Report’, which listed the top 20 countries affected by spam calls in 2019, spam calls received by Indian users has continued to increase to 25.6 calls per user/month, which is a 15% upsurge from 2018. Brazil continues to occupy the top spot.

 

Details

  • One of the most interesting revelations that came from this year’s report was that 10 per cent of spam calls came from financial service providers, a category that was not listed last year.

  • One out of three women in India receive sexual harassment or inappropriate calls and SMSes.

  • With regard to spam call categorisation, operators continue to be the top spammers in India with 67% user calls received for upselling of various offers and reminders.

  • India has grabbed the 8th position in the ‘Global SMS Spam Index’. Spam messages are primarily received in emerging regions. In India users received an average of 61 spam SMSes every month.

  • The top three markets that are affected by this form of spam were in the African continent.

Spams

Spamming is the use of messaging systems to send an unsolicited message, especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same website.