Who is Will, and why is he (robo)calling me?

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Robocallers can cheaply and anonymously place millions of calls in search of the vulnerable. (Bigstock)

Robocallers can cheaply and anonymously place millions of calls in search of the vulnerable. (Bigstock)

Pesky robocalls are on the rise. In March, Philadelphia residents received 88 million of them. Recently, one caller in particular — named “Will” — has tried to prey on vulnerable homeowners. That got Philadelphia Inquirer reporters Julia Terruso and Christian Hetrick wondering… what if they tried to call “Will” back? On this episode of The Why, Julia and Christian explain why robocalls are increasing and why they’re so hard to stop.

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