If it seems like you're getting more robocalls than ever these days, you're not alone.
Last month, American consumers were subjected to more than a billion unsolicited or automated calls, according to estimates from YouMail, which provides call blocking services.
"It's a huge time drain on American productivity, continually leads to fraud and crimes committed against unsuspecting citizens, and now appears to be rapidly getting worse," said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici.
Part of the surge is coming from the wide field of presidential candidates polling voters, said Quilici. Some of the biggest increases were logged in New Hampshire (up 70 percent from November) and Iowa (72 percent.)
If you're already had enough annoying cellphone calls from Rachel at Card Services, you may soon be hearing more from her, thanks to a tiny amendment in the federal budget. The provision ordered the Federal Communications Commission to set new rules allowing debt collectors to robocall cellphones to hunt down debtors and get them to pay up.
Debt collectors are already among the most active callers, which helps explain why they top the list of consumer complaints about robocalls, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
And, based on a CNBC.com analysis of over 50,000 consumer complaints to the CFPB related to debt collection, your cellphone may be targeted even if you don't owe anyone a dime. Roughly two-thirds of those that were related to debt collections were from people who had no debts. More than 21,000 consumers reported being harassed about debts that weren't theirs; 10,000 said the debt had been paid or discharged in bankruptcy. Some 2,200 said the debt in question was the result of identity theft.