tops the list of spam calls
received by a country in 2017, according to the Insights report published on the Truecaller blog. The report is based on an analysis done by the global phonebook
app during the period from January 1 to May 31, 2017, to understand the monthly average spam rate.
While putting together the list of top spam-plagued countries, the global telephone directory -- which has caller ID, social media integration and call-blocking
functionality -- found that Indian users could save approximately 63 million hours by skipping spam calls, assuming the average length of a spam call is less than 30 seconds.
Besides, the report also revealed that India
receives almost 22.6 spam calls
every month. The second on the list are the United States and Brazil, with an estimated 20.7 calls per user each month.
Phone-based scams have been on the rise around the world as it is easy to catch people off-guard on a phone call or SMS. The report also mentions that India's spam call issue lies with operators and financial services. Many of these operators are seeking to provide special offers for free data, or unlimited calls.
On the contrary, the same research done in the US
suggests that spam calls
are dominated by nuisance and scam calls. Financial services and debt collectors are also a big category that is spamming American users. It said,"This is an interesting observation, as in American culture credit cards and acquiring and paying off student loans are quite frequently adapted."
However, if one wishes to convert the time saved from blocking spam calls
into productivity gains, Indian economy, as mentioned in the report, would record an annual gain of approximately $414 million.