SAN LEANDRO, CA — While the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated its ability to shutter schools, close down businesses and overwhelm hospitals, one thing it hasn’t stopped is the growing number of robocalls received by people in California.
In the first six months of 2021, approximately 40.1 billion spam calls were made to U.S. households, according to a new midyear report from mobile app RoboKiller. By year’s end, that number is expected to grow by more than 30 billion calls.
Spam texts are also on the rise, the report notes. In the first half of the year, scammers sent 47.5 billion spam texts, a number that’s projected to reach 86 billion by year’s end.
In the report, Robokiller identifies robotexts as the “newest spam threat to Americans.” In August 2020, total spam texts surpassed the number of robocalls placed in the United States. It’s remained that way since the release of those numbers.
In the report, RoboKiller…