Why robocalls are worse than ever and there’s not much you can do about it — yet

Everybody hates robocalls. In fact, they are the number one source of consumer complaints in the U.S., according to the Federal Communications Commission. But despite the government’s best efforts, from the Do Not Call Registry to tool-building competitions and international investigations into robocalling rings, the onslaught continues, reaching record numbers once again in August.

According to figures from call-blocking service YouMail, consumers reported a new high of 2.64 billion robocalls in the U.S. last month, increasing 9.6% from July and averaging out to 986 robocalls per second.

The robocall epidemic has been escalating, prompting increased efforts from the Federal Trade Commission and the FCC in recent months to slow it, including enhanced public outreach and partnerships with the public to create new call-blocking services.

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