Minnesota man is fed up with unwanted calls he's constantly receiving

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ERSKINE, M.N. (Valley News Live) A new study reports that more than 26 billion Americans received unwanted, robocalls last year. That’s a nearly 50 percent increase from 2017.

Rob Mayer of Erskine, Minnesota said he’s fed up with the bombardment of calls he’s been getting.

Like many in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Mayer has a 218 area code. He and his wife have attracted spam callers from all over the world.

“Both of our cell phones, we get calls,” Mayer said. “And most of the time, they’re from the Minneapolis, Minnesota – St. Paul area.”

Mayer said he’s fed up by the automated calls and so are many Americans.

Robocalls are pre-recorded messages and are often tied to political and telemarketing campaigns.

An Arkansas-based company stated nearly half of the cell phone calls Americans receive this year will be scams.

Mayer’s wife was recently caught up in one.

“If you sent in $2,000 in Amazon cards from Walmart, that you would get $75,000, and it was a grant for elderly and disabled people,” Mayer said of the conversation.

Mayer said the scammers kept pressuring his wife via text message to buy the gift cards and claimed they were with the federal government.

“Why would you send Amazon {gift} cards to the government?” Mayer said.

Nearly half of off the complaints that the Federal Communications Commission gets are about unwanted phone calls.

T-Mobile launched a new feature in January to prevent Caller-ID spoofing, which is when a spammer poses as a caller from a nearby area code.

Verizon is planning to roll out free spam alerting and call blocking tools in March for its wire lines and wireless customers.