If your number has a 954 area code, you are probably getting more of those dreaded robocalls than most people around the country.
Broward County’s main area code ranks high on YouMail’s September Robocall List.
The company says that 4.4 billion robocalls were made last month nationwide. That comes out to 147 million per day, or more than 13 per person. However, in Broward, the number jumps to 31 calls per person.
Broward was fifth on the list, while, Miami’s 305 area code was last on the Top 20 list. Perhaps surprisingly to some, Palm Beach County’s area code did not make the list.
YouMail estimates that about 36 percent of the robocalls were scams. Another 20 percent or so were telemarketing calls, and payment reminders and alerts account for the remainder.
Relief is on the way, though.
A strategy is being developed to end robocalling. The Federal Communications Commission has issued a license for a new technology called Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) and Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR). In short, it would assign each phone number a digital certificate of authenticity to ensure that calls made from a phone number are actually coming from that number.
That solution can’t come soon enough.