Truecaller has announced that its community has reported over 800 000 spam calls in South Africa, with a total of 50 000 spam and unwanted calls detected every day across the country.
Truecaller’s data highlights an issue that is becoming an increasing cause for concern in South Africa as spammers become more adept at harassing and taking advantage of smartphone users in South Africa.
“Thousands of smartphone users are the victims of spammers in South Africa every day,” said Husain Misherghi, VP of Growth and Partnerships for Truecaller. “You can protect yourself with Truecaller by reporting spam and unwanted numbers, and blocking them forever. That information is listed in our database and we report it to Truecaller’s community of users, providing a safe and secure communication experience for all South Africans with easy, hassle-free calls.”
More than 1.4 million South Africans use Truecaller from among the global Truecaller community of over 200 million. The app enables users to block unwanted and spam calls they have reported to Truecaller, or receive assistance from the app’s database where spam numbers are listed and marked in red.
To further protect smartphone users from spam, Truecaller has introduced Truemessenger, an SMS replacement app that tells users who sent an SMS, regardless of whether they are in their contacts.
“Truemessenger does for SMS what Truecaller has done for mobile phone calls – identifies incoming SMS, filters and blocks spam SMS, to keep our users’ inboxes safe and clean,” says Misherghi.
Truecaller can be downloaded for free on popular platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Tizen and Nokia feature phones. Truedialer is available for free on Android and Windows Phone, and Truemessenger is available for free on Android.