India has topped the list of most affected countries by spam calls in 2017 so far, according to data gathered by Truecaller. The research denotes spam calls have been on the rise ever since mobile phones became mainstream, and for a valid reason: More cell phone users make room for more spam calls. According to the research, India is more exposed to spam calls than any other country in the world.
The reasons why India is the most affected country by spam calls are operators and financial services, most of whom often promise free data and unlimited voice calls. India accounted for 22.6% of total spam calls received so far this year, followed by the U.S and Brazil (20.7%), Chile (17.4%), and South Africa (15%).
The average Truecaller user in India received 22 to 23 spam calls every month during the period of January 1 to May 31 2017. The report suggests operators accounted for 51% of total calls made to the average user, followed by 20% Nuisance calls consisting of unwanted, disturbance, harassment, and prank calls. 13% of total calls were either promotional or surveys, subscription, services, etc. Financial services accounted for 9% spam calls made whereas rest of the 3% were fraud attempts, money swindlings, unknown links, etc.
The U.S., coming in the second position in the list is mostly dominated by nuisance and scam calls. The majority of spam calls received by Brazil were made by operators and debt collectors. Most of the spam calls received by Chile originated from financial services, most of whom often try to sell loans. Lastly, South Africa is left the most number of promotional calls to deal with.