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Uncanning Spam

Over the past several months I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of spam phone calls I was receiving. The number quickly increased from maybe one or two a week to several a day. I was left feeling like I wanted to defenestrate my phone and disappear into the woods forever. Before doing this, I decided I should first do some research on how spammers get phone numbers and what if there was anything I could do to stop it.

I know I am not alone in my issues with spam calls. In fact, Tech Crunch reports that spam calls increased 18% in America in 2019. Phone calls are not the only way people receive spam. E-mail is also a common medium for spam. Most people don’t notice this, though, because most e-mail hosts have proficient spam filters that are default settings. There are filtering services for cellphones as well, but they are not always default settings. This should be default with the growing issue of spam, in my opinion. I activated my phone’s spam filter and used the other tips included in this video and have noticed a sharp decrease in spam calls. My plans to disappear into the woods are now on hold (for now).

As a side note, I would like to make the distinction between spam calls and robocalls. While robocalls are often spam, they are not always spam. Robocalls are often used for emergency alert systems or to provide necessary information, such as school closures. Because of this, stopping robocalling altogether is not a solution. Spam calls may have a live person on the other end.

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