In light of International Women’s Day, Truecaller released findings on Thursday, 08 March 2018 from its Truecaller Insights report that reveals that women in various regions are receiving more unwanted calls and reporting them as opposed to their male counterparts.
Around the world, women who use Truecaller are ensuring their harassers are on the spam list by reporting 19% more of unwanted calls than men. This could be for various reasons, but the same trend is happening in many other regions around the globe.
The report indicates that when a woman receives an unwanted call or SMS, she is more likely to try and help other people avoid the harasser by reporting the number to Truecaller.
In the case of some regions, like South Africa, women are receiving 6% more spam calls than men and reporting 4% more spam calls as well. South Africa is one of the top five spam plagued countries in the world the majority of these spam calls coming from; telemarketing (39%) leading the way, financial (24%) and insurance (13%) are the most known types of spam calls.
Truecaller also found that in some countries men were receiving more spam calls than women, but women were taking more action to report more unwanted calls than men. For example, men in Kenya receive 15% more unwanted calls than women monthly, but women are reporting 11% more unwanted calls than men.
What happens when numbers are reported in Truecaller?
When a number in Truecaller is reported a certain amount of times by various users, it can be auto-blocked for all Truecaller users and will show the number of times the number has been reported. This can help women users refrain from picking up a call from an unknown number, and it can also help all users stay clear of potential scams, frauds and various bullying or harassment.