Robocalls on the rise in Kern County


Over the past several years, the number of robocalls have been skyrocketing both around the nation and, also, right here in Kern County.

In fact, there have been close to 87 million calls placed to 661 area codes so far this year, with 15.1 million happening just in July, according to YouMail.

That’s an average of around 13 calls per person.

Connie Alarcon of the Better Business Bureau says that easier access is to blame for the increase in the calls.

“Everyone now has a cell phone. It seems like from your young crowd to your elderly crowd, everyone has a cell phone,” she said.

Alarcon says if you receive a call from an unknown number, it’s best to let it go to voicemail since most robocalls are trying to scam you.

“People want to steal your identity. They want to get that personal information from you.”

But there are some things you can do to try and protect yourself.

“We have folks post the type of call that they get on our scam tracker which is on our website. It’s a free service that we offer to the community,” Alarcon said.

Because the trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

“It’s going to continue to grow until folks start becoming a little more proactive.”

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