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OffbeatT-Mobile says it's blocked 1 billion scam calls

16:55  09 november  2018
16:55  09 november  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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T - Mobile announced today that since launching its Scam ID and Scam Block features 18 months ago, the carrier has blocked over 1 billion scam calls . T - Mobile says it ’ s also ready to adopt the new FCC SHAKEN/STIR standards that allow customers to receive verified calls .

T - Mobile says its free Scam ID and Scam Block services lets customers know a scammer is on the other end of the line before they answer. The carrier says its Scam ID service flashes the warning when it sees an incoming call from a number used by a known scammer .

T-Mobile says it's blocked 1 billion scam calls© CNET T-Mobile CEO John Legere at the Uncarrier 9.0 event.

T-Mobile says it's ready to block more scam calls.

On Thursday, the wireless carrier said it had integrated new spoof identification technology into its network to better guard customers from getting scam calls. The company also said it'll comply with the Federal Communication Commission's request to employ technology that'll detect illegal caller ID spoofing.

T-Mobile has blocked more than 1 billion scam calls over the past 18 months, according to the company's release, and marked another 6 billion as likely scam calls. T-Mobile is working with First Orion -- a company that provides call management and protection for T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and others -- to detect scam calls.

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T - Mobile also says that it plans to roll out its Scam ID and Scam Block features to MetroPCS customers “later in April.” These scam calling features are nice additions to T - Mobile ’ s network. Scam calls are annoying at best, wasting your time by taking a call from someone that just wants to mess

T - Mobile will also let subscribers block all suspected scam calls so those calls never reach their phones Evidently it was right, with AT&T launching a similar service in December. Carriers are going to T - Mobile says its service works by comparing phone numbers to a list of “tens of thousands” of

"This is an industrywide issue," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a release. "When the other guys join us in adopting [FCC] standards, every consumer will be even better protected."

Almost half of US phone calls will be scams by 2019, said a report from First Orion. The percentage of scam calls in the US increased from 3.7 percent last year to 29.2 percent this year, and it's predicted to rise to 44.6 percent next year. One of the most popular method scammers use to trick people into picking up the phone is called "neighborhood spoofing," where they disguise their numbers with a local prefix so people presume the calls are safe to answer.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to the heads of AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google and others on Monday, asking them to adopt a call authentication system that would combat illegal caller ID spoofing. He asked the companies to have the system in place no later than next year. Pai said combatting "illegal robocalls" was the top consumer priority for the FCC.

First published Nov. 8, 12:45 p.m. PT.

Update, Nov. 9 at 5:57 a.m. PT: Adds more background on FCC request.

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