Spam Text Statistics

11 Spam Text Statistics That Show the Worrying Rise of Fraud in 2024

Published on: November 7, 2023
Last Updated: November 7, 2023

11 Spam Text Statistics That Show the Worrying Rise of Fraud in 2024

Published on: November 7, 2023
Last Updated: November 7, 2023

Cybercriminals are after your data and will take it any way they can.

While some use sophisticated hacking tools, potentially accessing thousands of data records, others adopt a simpler, yet equally effective, approach. 

Spam texts are the perfect example of this.

As the following spam text statistics will show, this is an issue everyone should be aware of.

The number of spam texts sent daily is increasing. 

Key Statistics

  • There were 58% more spam texts in 2022 than 2021
  • One in three americans have been caught out by a spam text
  • The global pandemic caused a drop in spam calls
  • California is the most targeted state for spam texts
  • Deliveries is the most popular text spam
  • 59.4% of text spam victims were male
  • Younger people are more likely to lose money to text spam fraud
  • 16% of people have purchased something from a spam texter
  • China has the biggest spamming problem in the world
  • Globally, over one million spam texts are sent every minute
  • Estimates suggest there will be over 180 billion spam texts in 2023

What Is A Spam Text?

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A spam text is basically an SMS message.

You’ll receive it on your phone and you won’t have asked for it.

The message could say one of many different things. 

However, the aim of the message is simple, the sender wants you to provide personal information.

Cybercriminals will use a variety of methods to get these details.

The text may encourage you to click a link and get a reward. 

Or, it may tell you there is an issue with your bank and you need to contact them via the link provided. 

Of course, when you click on the link you’ll need to confirm a few personal details before the necessary information can be shared with you. 

In fact, the whole thing is a scam.

The hacker is simply after your personal details and you’ve just provided them. 

They can use your personal details to access your accounts, tackle money, damage your social credibility, or even steal your identity. 

It starts simply but can cause you a real issue.

That’s why you need to know the following statistics, how to identify a spam text, and how to protect yourself from them. 

It’s worth noting that spam texts usually originate from an email address and it’s not possible to reply to the text message.

Top Spam Text Statistics in 2024

1. There Were 58% More Spam Texts In 2022 than 2021

Spam texts have been an issue for many years.

In fact, the first spam text happened not long after the first text was possible.  

Criminals will almost always find a way to use new technology to their advantage.

However, the problem has increased dramatically in the last few years.

For example, in September 2021 there were 1.227 billion spam texts recorded.

In August 2022, just one year later, there were 10.89 billion sent. 

In short, the number of spam texts sent increased by 58% in just one year. 

This is further illustrated by the number of texts the average American received.

In April 2021 the average was 16.9 texts per person.

By April 2022 the average person was receiving 41 spam texts a month.

That’s more than one a day. 

(Slicktext)

2. One In Three Americans Have Been Caught Out By A Spam Text

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People are generally embarrassed when they get caught out by fraudsters.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a spam text, email, or something a little more elaborate. 

Most people feel they should know better and are ashamed to have been caught out.

However, you should know, you’re not alone. 

According to the latest statistics, one in three Americans have fallen for a spam text.

Worse, 65% of people don’t even realize they have become a victim until later.

How much later depends on what information the scammers managed to take. 

(Slicktext)

3. The Global Pandemic Caused A Drop In Spam Calls

The global pandemic took many people by surprise.

It certainly changed the way we work and interact with each other. 

Remote working became the norm and people were more wary about talking to each other or even being in the same room. 

Interestingly, as the way society world changed, so did the way the scammers operated.

Before the pandemic spam calls were a popular option and a common occurrence. 

However, by the middle of 2020, spam calls had dropped by 50%.

It hasn’t recovered since. 

In fact, 2020 marks the first year that there were more spam texts than calls.

Since then, the gap has widened.

In 2022 there were approximately 87 billion spam texts versus 72 billion spam calls. 

(Slicktext)

4. California Is The Most Targeted State For Spam Texts

You may assume that spam texts are equally spread across the US.

However, this isn’t the case.

Spammers will target areas where they think they’ll have more success. 

This is often decided by how much success they have and the age of the population.

Older people are more likely to fall for a spam text.

Of course, wealthier areas are also a good option as the chances of a good payout are higher. 

According to the latest statistics, California takes the top spot in 2022.

In July 2022 there were just over 945 million spam texts received. 

Texas received 926 million while Georgia was close to 800 million.

The top five were finished with 660 million in Pennsylvania and 627 million in New York.

Interestingly, the list was quite different in 2021.

West Virginia topped the list, followed by Idaho, then New York, Texas, and finally Nevada.

(Statista)

5. Deliveries Is The Most Popular Text Spam

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A spam text can say almost anything but there are some messages which scammers use repeatedly.

This is mainly because they appear to get the best results. 

According to the latest statistics, the most popular spam text involves deliveries.

This happens in 26% of cases.

In general this text will tell you there is an issue with a delivery or order and you need to complete the additional details.

A link is included and it’s dodgy.

The global pandemic proved to be an opportunity for scammers; In 2021 6.5% of spam texts were related to Covid-19.

A further 3.5% of texts were banking-related and 3% tried to persuade you there was an issue with your Apple product.

Alarmingly, 1.2% of spam texts will be connected to healthcare, this is one area where people are often more susceptible to being scammed.

After all, you can’t take your health too seriously. 

(Statista)

6. 59.4% Of Text Spam Victims Were Male

It may surprise you to learn that men are more likely to be victims of spam texts than women.

There is no clear reason why this is the case.

In 2021 59.4% of spam text recipients were male. In comparison, just 38.3% were female.

The remaining few surveyed declined to define their sex.

Interestingly, the age of men and women also makes a difference.

Women aged 18-34 are more likely to be targeted while, for men, the most common age range is between 35-44.

Being outside the most common parameters doesn’t mean you won’t receive a spam text, but it’s less likely. 

(Slicktext)

7. Younger People Are More Likely To Lose Money to Text Spam Fraud

Most people assume that older people are more likely to be victims of fraud.

This may be because they are more easily confused, or generally more generous. 

However, that’s a misconception.

In fact, it’s younger people, who have been brought up with technology, that are more likely to fall for a text scam. 

It may be because younger people are so accustomed to everything being digital they don’t question it as much as the older generations. 

Whatever the reason, people aged between 20-29 have been found to lose money 41% of the time.

In contrast, those older than 80 only lost money when exposed to fraud in 17% of cases.

However, it should be noted that older people are generally more generous.

Statistics show that the average young person loses $500 to a text scam.

Older people are likely to lose as much as $1,500.

That said, the amounts being lost to phone scams are increasing.

In 2020 the average was $351.

By 2021 it has increased to $502.

(Slicktext)

8. 16% Of People Have Purchased Something From A Spam Texter

Anyone can fall victim to a text scam.

Scammers are constantly reviewing their texts and techniques to provide different options and more believable texts. 

The result is, that even those who have been scammed before can fall for a text scam.

The latest statistics suggest that people targeted by scammers have been previously targeted by the same scammer. 

Unfortunately, in an estimated 16% of cases, people have already lost money to a scammer and then been re-targeted. 

The problem is, that despite attempts to legislate and control the flow of scam text messages, it’s virtually impossible to stop it from happening. 

People who have already fallen prey to a scam are more likely to be targeted and fall for another scam.

That’s human nature and scammers know this. 

(VPNalert)

9. China Has The Biggest Spamming Problem In The World

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The US has a huge problem with text scams.

However, for once it doesn’t have the biggest problem in the world. This title goes to China. 

It’s difficult to know the exact number of scams being perpetrated at one time.

However, if you select one date and look at the data you’ll find China is struggling. 

For example, on February 6 2023 China was dealing with over 17,600 live spam issues.

The US was dealing with a much smaller 9,000 issues. 

Of course, even that figure is huge compared to the third-place country.

That title goes to Germany which had 840 live spam issues. 

(VPNalert)

10. Globally, Over One Million Spam Texts Are Sent Every Minute

Scamming, just like many things in life, is a numbers game.

If the scammers send out enough messages they will get some people hooked.

In theory, all they have to do is send the messages. 

Fortunately for scammers, that part is surprisingly easy.

They use software to generate and send the messages.

All they need to do is wait for the responses. 

Figures show that in November 2022 scammers sent 1,576,496,425 spam texts in just one day.

The figure nearly doubled for weekends. 

When you do the math you realize that this equates to 1,094,789 spaù texts sent out every minute. 

You don’t need to complete the math to appreciate that, even at a 1% success rate, with an average of $500, this can be a lucrative deal. 

(Statista)

11. Estimates Suggest There Will Be Over 180 Billion Spam Texts In 2023

We already know that the number of spam texts is increasing year-on-year.

However, the rate of increase is also increasing. 

Much of this is due to AI and new pieces of software.

These allow scammers to automate a much larger portion of the process. 

In other words, they can send more texts in less time.

As already mentioned, text spamming is a numbers game.

Scammers using technology to send more texts are likely to generate better returns. It’s that simple. 

There were over 150 billion robotexts sent in 2022.

It’s expected this figure will climb to over 180 billion in 2023 and then continue to grow by at least 10% every year thereafter. 

According to estimates, scammers will take over $15 billion in 2023 from text spam. 

(Robokiller)

How To Identify A Spam Text

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Learning how to identify spam texts will make it much easier for you to protect yourself and your personal details. 

The good news is there are several common traits.

1. Urgency

Spam texts are similar to all types of scams in this respect.

The scammer doesn’t want you to spend too long thinking about it, they simply want you to react and provide the required information. 

The truth is, it’s very rare for any business to need an instant reaction from you.

Therefore, any text that asks you to respond urgently or indicates a deadline is likely to be spam. 

The moment it says something like ‘act quickly’, you should pause. 

2. Unusual Timing

Most spam texts are sent out using software That means they can be sent out at any time of the day or night.

Spammers often send their messages at night when the networks are quieter. 

It also helps to create stress in the morning.

That can help you make a rash decision and benefit the scammer. 

When you receive a text, look at when it was sent.

Businesses requiring urgent action don’t generally message in the middle of the night.

Proceed with caution. 

3. Text Has A link In It

Sometimes a friend will send you a text with a link.

This will probably be okay although you should proceed with caution.

However, if you get a message from someone you don’t know and it has a link then you’re probably looking at a scam.

Take a look at the link, if it’s shortened or doesn’t seem like a normal internet address, it’s almost certain to be a scam. 

The safest approach is to avoid clicking links in texts. 

4. Phone Number Is Longer Than Usual

Don’t forget to look at the phone number.

Spammers don’t want you to know where the text originated from.

The number will, therefore, be fake. 

In most cases, it will be at least one digit longer than usual.

Or, it may have an unusual dialing code, that’s one outside your area. 

If the details of the text look dubious in any way you should assume it’s a spam text.

Block it and report it to the carrier. Your phone should let you do both at the same time. 

Protecting Yourself From Spam Texts

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The basic rule to protect yourself against spam texts is to get educated.

The more you know about these nuisance messages the easier it will be to avoid the scams. 

Here’s what you should be doing:

1. Register With Do Not Call

You probably think of the do-not-call services as simply a means to prevent, or at least reduce, the number of spam calls you get. 

However, adding your number to the lists will also help lower the number of spam texts you receive.

In essence, your number will be blocked as much as possible, making it harder for scammers to locate it and send you a message. 

However, just because you’re on the list doesn’t mean you won’t get any spam texts or calls. 

2. Block Numbers With Your Phone

Your phone has its own blocking options.

Of course, you can’t apply this until after you have received a text message.

If you achieve any concerns over a text message then tap the settings option next to the number and choose the block option.

This will generally list it as spam as well. 

The phone will automatically block anything from this number, you won’t even hear the phone ring.  

If you wish, you can also block all unknown numbers calling your phone.

However, you’ll need to go into the phone settings to do this. 

3. Consider The Urgency Of Any Message

Before you respond to any text message, specifically one from an unknown source or from someone who isn’t close family and friends, consider the message. 

Spam messages tend to create a sense of urgency.

The scammer wants you to react without thinking.

They may tell you there is a time limit for the special offer or that something bad will happen if you don’t react quickly. 

For example, they could say your bank account will be placed on hold unless you confirm the relevant details in the next thirty minutes. 

Proceed with caution.

Anything that tries to make you rush a decision or process is likely to be a scam.

4. Think Twice Before Responding

It only takes a moment to pause and consider the message you have received.

If it’s unexpected or promises something that appears too good to be true, then it probably is. 

If you pause and consider what the message is really offering then you’ll probably be able to see whether it’s genuine or not. 

Just remember, no matter how good an offer looks there is usually a catch.

If you can’t find the catch it’s probably a scam.

5. Never Click Links In A Text

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Text messages and emails with links should be avoided unless you are certain of who the sender is. 

In the majority of cases, it is far better to type the address into the internet yourself, and then verify the information. 

That doesn’t mean blindly copying the link.

For example, if the message is supposed to be from your bank, then don’t click the link.

Instead, type your bank address into the internet and access your account normally.

You’ll soon see if there is an issue and how to respond. 

The same applies for delivery services.

Don’t click the link, simply type the delivery service into the internet or check with the company you ordered from.

Simple precautions like these can help to keep you and your personal details safe. 

Summing Up

The above spam text statistics paint a concerning picture.

The truth is this type of scam is on the increase and it can be difficult to spot it.

Part of the issue is that the scams are becoming increasingly believable.

However, a bigger issue is that everyone leads busy lives and often things are completed in a rush. 

However, it takes less time than you think to pause and consider an unexpected text message.

Use the above advice and, if you have any doubts, ignore what the message says.

It could save you a lot of hassle in the future.

Sources

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