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Robocalls continue to inch higher despite the government's efforts to shut them down

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Americans received a record-breaking 5.7 billion robocalls in October, according to robocall-blocking app developer YouMail. That figure represents a 25 percent jump from September, not to mention a 7 percent increase over the previous all-time high of 5.2 billion robocalls in March 2019, and this is more than the total received during all of of 2018. 

October's record robocall volume reminds us there's a long way to go before the robocall problem is solved,' said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. 'It's hard to imagine, but we are still on pace to wind up with nearly 60 billion calls to U.S. consumers this year.'

Topping the list were scam-oriented calls, which made up 47 percent of all robocalls. There were five types of scams with upwards of 100 million calls each, with health-related scams being the angle worked most often. Below, a list of the top five scam calls made last month.

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I'm one of the 3 people in the country who still has a land line and recently received an email from my phone company about this website they partner with to reduce/stop known Robocall numbers. I signed up and it is working very well. The number of Robocalls has dropped significantly and if one gets through you can add it to the list on the website.

When a known Robocall is detected the phone will ring once and then drop the call. It doesn't even show up on the Caller ID.

It is free for land lines and $1.99/mo for cells phones, I think.

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