It's official: Spammy phone calls have almost doubled in the past two years, and New Jersey and Delaware got hit worst

  • There were more than 7 million complaints about violations to the U.S. "Do Not Call" registry this year, a big surge from the more than 5.3 million complaints in 2016.
  • The figure is almost double the nearly 3.6 million complaints in 2015.
  • New Jersey had the highest density of complaints on the "do not call" registry in 2017.
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There were nearly 7.2 million complaints about violations to the U.S. "Do Not Call" registry this year, a big surge from the more than 5.3 million complaints in 2016.

The figure is almost double the nearly 3.6 million complaints in 2015.

New Jersey had the highest density of complaints on the "do not call" registry in 2017, according to new data released by the Federal Trade Commission on Monday.

For every 100,000 New Jersey residents, there were almost 3,600 complaints about spam calls, the FTC said. Delaware, Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire followed close behind with over 2,700 complaints per 100,000 residents. New Jersey and New Hampshire residents were also among the most likely to be on the "do not call" list.

Alaska, Hawaii, Missouri and North Dakota were relatively spam-free this year, the report said, with fewer than 1,400 complaints per 100,000 residents.

Robocalls were the worst offenders, and the most common topic, by far, was reducing debt. Other popular spam call topics were for timeshares, warranties and medical-related calls, according to the FTC. July and August appeared to be the peak time for spam calls.

The deluge could subside soon: Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission gave phone companies more power to block robocalls.

Here's a full breakdown of state rankings by the FTC and some tips on how to cut down on spam callers:

Most "do not call" list violation complaints per 100,000 residents (source FTC)

RANK
CONSUMER STATE
COMPLAINTS
COMPLAINTS PER 100K POPULATION
1 New Jersey 321,393 3,593
2 Delaware 27,691 2,909
3 Florida 588,021 2,853
4 Virginia 232,818 2,768
5 New Hampshire 36,401 2,727
6 Michigan 265,465 2,674
7 Connecticut 94,440 2,641
8 Rhode Island 26,590 2,517
9 Maryland 150,346 2,499
10 Arizona 169,702 2,448
11 Tennessee 158,896 2,389
12 Vermont 14,896 2,385
13 Ohio 276,667 2,382
14 Nevada 69,639 2,369
15 Georgia 242,242 2,350
16 Colorado 129,609 2,339
17 Illinois 295,218 2,306
18 New York 454,100 2,300
19 Massachusetts 156,006 2,290
20 Oregon 93,121 2,275
21 Nebraska 43,255 2,268
22 Alabama 108,003 2,221
23 Maine 29,495 2,215
24 Utah 66,229 2,171
25 Pennsylvania 271,832 2,126
26 California 824,692 2,101
27 Arkansas 61,697 2,065
28 Montana 21,211 2,035
29 Iowa 63,502 2,026
30 Wyoming 11,808 2,017
31 Texas 559,563 2,008
32 South Carolina 99,620 2,008
33 Idaho 33,157 1,970
34 North Carolina 199,407 1,965
35 Kansas 55,207 1,899
36 Louisiana 86,267 1,843
37 New Mexico 37,653 1,809
38 Washington 125,689 1,725
39 Indiana 114,241 1,722
40 Wisconsin 98,352 1,702
41 Minnesota 91,166 1,652
42 Kentucky 72,110 1,625
43 Oklahoma 61,962 1,579
44 West Virginia 28,738 1,569
45 South Dakota 13,316 1,539
46 Mississippi 39,969 1,337
47 North Dakota 9,881 1,304
48 Missouri 74,102 1,216
49 Hawaii 16,055 1,124
50 Alaska 3,041 410
District of Columbia 24,303 3,568
Puerto Rico 1,638 48