This past week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a point to share with phone carriers his disappointment in the lack of traction they’ve made in providing consumers with a solution to the robocall problem.
With that being said, here is this week’s top area code targeted by unwanted callers, the top cities affected, the growth in spam and fraud calls and the three scams hitting consumers during the area’s spike in calls.
Check out this week’s victim:
Texas residents living in the 346 area code.
Top 10 Cities include:
2) South Houston
4) The Woodlands
6) Missouri City
8) Deer Park
10) La Porte
Growth since January 2018 to Present:
Fraud Calls – 1183%
Spam Calls – 888%
Top 3 Scams Hitting 346 Residents:
Veteran Campaign: Taking advantage of veteran’s seeking benefits, scammers have set up a phone number almost identical to the number veterans use to find out if they are eligible to use approved health care providers outside of the VA system. Once called, it prompts victims to leave their credit card information in return for a non-existent rebate.
Medical Brace Scam: Scammers target Medicare patients and offer free knee braces from Medicare. They claim to be referred from a victim’s doctor or caregiver and identify themselves as a representative from Medicare or a medical warehouse. They then request the victim to share their Medicare number and personal information to receive the so-called free brace.
Student Loan Scam: Scammers call to pretend they are affiliated with the federal government, e.g. the National Student Aid Center or the U.S. Department of Education and will claim that a victim’s student loans have been flagged or pre-approved for refinancing. They will ask for sensitive information such as financial or personal information to proceed with the bunk claim.