Telecom operators are the top spammers in Nigeria — Truecaller Report

Mobile phone penetration has been on the increase in recent years and as a result, users have constantly had to deal with some of the side effects that come with mobile usage, like spam calls and SMS with apps like Truecaller.

The caller ID app reportedly identified 116 billion spam calls and 8.6 billion spam SMS in 2019, and it can be gleaned that emerging markets experienced more instances of spam calls and SMS than other countries.

According to a recent publication by Truecaller, 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. Each nation witnessed an average of 25.2, 8.4, and 7.9 spam calls per month respectively.

Source: Truecaller

However, for countries affected by spam SMS in 2019, Nigeria ranks much higher in 7th (65 spam SMS per month). Ethiopia, South Africa, and Kenya top the world rankings with a total of nine African countries affected.


Spam SMS
Source: Truecaller

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