Washington state residents be on guard! Despite Seattle being named one of the second-best tech cities in the U.S., this has not discouraged scammers from targeting Washington’s tech savvy citizens.
In the first quarter of 2019, 206 million robocalls made their way to Washington state mobile phones, a 55% increase from last year.
More specifically, scammers have been targeting Washington state with the Wangiri “One-Ring” Scam. This scam originally appeared in the U.S. in 2013 and in years to follow, it hit a lull and expanded internationally to countries like Ireland, Scotland, and Germany.
However, in the first few months of this year, it’s made a recent comeback in the U.S., with Seattle at the top of the list of targeted area codes. Seattle alone saw a 98% increase in the scam since the beginning of the year.
To get a deeper look at Hiya’s Washington State Robocall Radar findings in Q1, check out the full report here.