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Indians receive 26 spam calls and 61 spam texts a month, says Truecaller

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On an average, an Indian received 25.6 pesky calls a month in 2019, a 15% increase from 2018, as per a report by caller ID app Truecaller. India is also the 5th most spam called country in the world, while in 2018, it was ranked second. With 45.6 spam calls per month, Brazil topped the index. There is also another disturbing trend: 1 out of 3 women in India received sexually harassing calls and SMSes “on a regular basis”. Indians receive an average of 61 spam messages per month, the study revealed, and is the 8th worst country in the world in this regard, the study revealed. The worst is Ethiopia with 119 spam messages a month. Truecaller’s annual report is based on incoming calls marked by users as spam on the Truecaller app between January-October 2019. The company claims that during the period, it helped users identify 116 billion spam calls and 8.6 billion spam SMS globally. Telcos are the biggest spammers in India: Pesky calls made to Indians in 2019 increased by 15% from 2018. Telecom service providers, trying to sell data plans among other things, were the biggest spammers this year, with 67% of the spam calls made by them. This is despite the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) direction to all telecom providers to submit monthly reports about pesky calls, starting September 2019, in a move aimed at cracking down on unsolicited commercial communication (UCC) in India. TRAI has also issued new rules making it mandatory for firms…

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