(WRIC) —  Phone scams are continuing to increase, and the victims are not always the stereotypical elderly Americans.

These are a few of the insights of a recently released survey performed on behalf of Truecaller.

In 2015, approximately 27 million Americans (11 percent of the adult population) were victimized by phone scams, compared to only 7 percent in a similar 2014 survey.

Total 2015 losses to phone scams was $7.4 billion, or an average loss of nearly $274 per victim. Scams are trending in three alliterative aspects: mobile devices, men, and millennials.

As mobile phone use rapidly expands, so does the occurrence of mobile phone scams through unsolicited calls or texts. 74 percent of the 2015 phone scam victims reported that the incidence took place on their mobile device, compared to 49 percent in the 2014 survey. The amount of scam calls to landlines remained fairly consistent each year.

Seventy-four percent of the 2015 phone scam victims reported that the incidence took place on their mobile device, compared to 49 percent in the 2014 survey.

The amount of scam calls to landlines remained fairly consistent each year.

Millennials and men were the favorite targets of scammers. Men were almost twice as likely to fall victim to a phone scam, with 15 percent reporting losses compared to 8 percent of women. Millennial men constituted 38% of all victims losing money in a phone scam, compared to 17% of their fairer-sex counterparts.

Millennial men constituted 38 percent of all victims losing money in a phone scam, compared to 17 percent of their fairer-sex counterparts.

At least we Americans take action after a scam – only 9 percent of victims reported doing nothing. The most popular response was to sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry, as 39 percent of victims did. Just over one-third of victims changed their phone number, 32 percent tried to identify the scammer through reverse lookup or other searching methods, and 30 percent altered their credit account by either changing their account number or cancelling the account entirely.

Just over one-third of victims changed their phone number, 32 percent tried to identify the scammer through reverse lookup or other searching methods, and 30 percent altered their credit account by either changing their account number or cancelling the account entirely.

A significant number of victims chose a technological solution, with 20 percent downloading a spam blocker on their phone and 19 percent downloading a Caller ID app. Other steps include signing up for credit monitoring and/or protection (27 percent), reporting the scam to authorities (24 percent), reporting it to the phone carrier (25 percent), and checking the phone bill (21 percent).

Assuming that you do have a means of recognizing the number, how do you handle calls from numbers that you do not recognize? The majority of survey respondents (64 percent) simply ignore calls from unknown numbers. Eleven percent of respondents use the callback feature, and only 8 percent choose to respond later. Another 22 percent answer and hang up immediately. Still, 11 percent of respondents cannot help themselves and answer or respond right away even though the number is unfamiliar.

Another 22 percent answer and hang up immediately. Still, 11 percent of respondents cannot help themselves and answer or respond right away even though the number is unfamiliar.

The survey also gauged people’s responses to unsolicited calls or texts. Of the five choices (annoyance, frustration, enraged, afraid, and helpless), the majority of respondents expressed annoyance. Annoyance percentages were 52 percent with an unknown caller, 64 percent with a live telemarketer, 65 percent with an automated telemarketer, 57 percent with a suspected scammer, and 56 percent with automated political calls.

Annoyance percentages were 52 percent with an unknown caller, 64 percent with a live telemarketer, 65 percent with an automated telemarketer, 57 percent with a suspected scammer, and 56 percent with automated political calls.

Frustration came in second as a response, ranging from 26 percent to 33 percent of respondents. Anywhere from 15 percent to 31 percent of respondents were enraged by spam calls and texts, while the passive responses “afraid” and “helpless” never reached higher than a combined 20 V in any category of spam calls or texts.

Taking preemptive steps such as downloading spam blocker or Caller ID apps can reduce your chances of falling victim to a scam, yet there are still some people who simply report the crime without taking precautions to keep scammers from striking again. If you have never been a victim, take the proper steps to avoid becoming one; and if you have been victimized in the past, learn something from your mistake.This article was provided by our partners at moneytips.com.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.