Indonesia has been named the third-most spammed country in the world by Swedish-based smartphone application Truecaller, a significant jump from last year’s 16th position.
In Southeast Asia, Indonesia was the most spammed market.
According to the latest Truecaller Insights Report published on Dec. 3, Indonesian users currently receive up to 27.9 spam calls per month, with financial services (40 per cent) and insurance brokers (23 per cent) identified as the country’s top spammers.
The data was compiled from incoming calls between Jan. 1 and Oct. 30 that either were marked as spam by users or automatically flagged as such by Truecaller, which in total has globally identified 116 billion unknown calls, 26 billion spam calls and 8.6 billion spam SMS messages.
“The most alarming trend is that scam calls have more than doubled in the past year – going from 10 per cent to 21 per cent,” read the report, adding that it had received feedback from users that scammers had taken the country’s recent unrest as an opportunity to scam people.