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The number of robocalls to Lincoln-area phones surged 155 percent in April.

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If it seems as though you've been getting more telemarketing robocalls lately, you probably have.

The Lincoln area had the largest increase in the nation in the number of such calls from March to April, according to data released last week by YouMail, a company that provides a product that blocks robocalls.

YouMail's data, which is collected not only from landline phones but also cellular phones, showed that robocalls to Lincoln increased nearly 155 percent in April compared with March.

That was by far the largest increase in the nation, with Southfield, Michigan, coming in a distant second with a slightly more than 85 percent increase.

Despite the large increase in robocalls in April, the total calls being made to Lincoln and the state as a whole remains very small.

The 402 area code had just more than 9 million robocalls in April, according to YouMail, which is about 6.7 per person. The 308 area code had about 1.3 million calls, or 3.7 per person. YouMail said the number going to the newer 531 area code was too small to track.

That compares with 3.36 billion robocalls nationwide in April, a 6.5 percent increase over the previous record set in March, and a 34.4 percent increase over April of last year.

Atlanta was the city with the most robocalls for the month, with nearly 148 million, and the most per person, at 55. California was the state with the most calls in April, at more than 384 million.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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