According to a recent report by Truecaller, it has been revealed that the volume of spam calls and SMS received by subscribers in Nigeria has increased. As stated by the caller ID app, calls and messages from telecommunication operators made up 85% of the spam calls and messages received by subscribers while telemarketers and scammers accounted for 3% and 12% respectively.
The report further revealed that an average Truecaller user in Nigeria receives 30 spam messages and 8.4 spam calls per month, which is 20% higher than last year.
Insights from the report also indicated that three African countries feature amongst the top 20 countries in the world affected by spam calls in 2019, with South Africa, Nigeria, and Egypt ranked 6th,18th, and 20th respectively.
For countries affected by spam SMS in 2019, Truecaller reported that Nigeria ranks much higher in 7th (65 spam SMS per month) while Ethiopia, South Africa, and Kenya top the list of countries affected this year.
Nigeria last appeared on the list in 2017 but in two years, spamming by operators has grown from 61% to 85%. This increase is despite the introduction of the “Do-Not-Disturb” rule implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that was meant to halt the series of unwanted messages being sent to mobile phone users.
According to Truecaller, the data for this report was gathered from calls marked as spam by users or numbers automatically flagged by Truecaller during the period of January 1st, 2019 to October 30th, 2019.