'Don't pick up the phone:' Robocalls growing in Wisconsin, 414 impacted most

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- New data is giving insight into the growing number of robocalls made across the country and in Wisconsin.

It's a scam experts say continues to grow, although there are efforts underway to combat the problem.

According to statistics released by YouMail, people in Wisconsin received 515,508,900 in 2019. That is up from the 415,958,900 received in 2018 and the 283,587,100 received in 2017.

According to the research, the 414 area code receives the most throughout the state. In 2019, 147.9 million robocalls were made to the area code. The Madison 608 area code is the second in the state to receive the most scam calls.

In December, President Trump signed a new law that increases fines on robocall violations and also gives the Federal Trade Commission more time to go after scammers.

Many say it is a step in the right direction, but the number of robocalls received won't go down anytime soon, so there are steps people can take.

"Don't pick up the phone, if you do, hang up right away, don't press any buttons," Wisconsin BBB spokesperson Lisa Schiller said. "Try to block your calls if you can, talk to your carrier about it, there's different apps about it and you shouldn't be charged for the blocking of calls and then, take time to report it."

Consumers are asked to report all robocalls to the FTC.

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