For example, for people living in spots like Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe with a phone number starting with the area code '602,' they went from receiving roughly 13,900,000 robocalls in August of 2017, to over 24,800,000 robocalls in August of this year. The average person received 20 calls from scammers last month.
That trend is a common thread among the other area codes represented in our state, as well.
"We're on pace right now to almost double the total number of robocalls for the calendar year," said Executive Director of the Public Interest Research Group Diane Brown.
ABC15 asked Brown why our state has seen such a surge in recent years.
Nationally, in 2017, robocalls were up by just about 4%. But, this year, robocalls have jumped nearly 30%.
Brown believes technology is a big part of the blame.
"There are auto-dialers that can basically program people to get phone calls... and they'll just crank out time and time and time again," Brown explained.
The plan of attack by scammers is also different now.
We usually know to ignore blocked calls or calls coming from unfamiliar area codes.
But, now they have started doing something called 'neighborhood spoofing' and that is where they make an incoming call appear as if it is from your area code. That makes you believe that you recognize the number and are therefore more likely to pick up the phone.
Another bizarre trick being used is scammers using your own number to make it look like you are calling yourself. The end game is to confuse you enough to get you to answer.
Arizona Attorney Mark Brnovich encourages victims of these random robocalls to contact their office and report these scammers. That way, they can open an investigation.
"What we're doing is, we're looking at the number of complaints we get," Brnovich explained. "And then we're cross-referencing them on the national 'Do Not Call' list to see if there are companies who are habitual and systematically violating the do not call list and we're going after them."
The more complaints they receive on a specific company, the more it helps build their case against the violator.