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Why you’re being flooded with calls in your area code—and how to stop them

The robocall epidemic is now hitting closer to home.

More than half of spam calls in 2018 so far have come from a “neighbor scam” — a tactic in which scammers replicate the first six digits of your own phone number down to the area code to trick you into answering a call, an analysis from spam protection company Hiya found.

Many users assume they may know the person calling and are more likely to answer if the number resembles their own. Hiya examined 4.3 billion calls each month and found 56.7% of them used the trick. Some 90% of scam calls show up as U.S.

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