T-Mobile rolling out Scam ID and Scam Block to customers to protect them from scam calls

T-Mobile today announced that they are rolling out Scam ID and Scam Block to their customers protect them from scam calls, which cost Americans millions of dollars every year. With Scam ID, customers will be alerted when an incoming call is likely a scam. If the customers enable Scam Block, T-Mobile will stop scam calls before they ever reach them. The best of part of the announcement is that both these services will be offered for free to all T-Mobile customers.  Here’s how it all works:

every time someone calls a T-Mobile customer, as soon as that call reaches the T-Mobile network, patent-pending technology analyzes it – in milliseconds – against an advanced global database of tens of thousands of known scammer numbers. The database is kept up-to-date in near real-time by analyzing every call that comes into the network with behavioral heuristics and intelligent scam pattern detection. When a match is found, the T-Mobile network tags the incoming call and warns the customer that it’s likely from a scammer. Because of the way T-Mobile’s network manages voice traffic, the Un-carrier is capable of analyzing every call to identify and block scammers.

T-Mobile is enabling Scam ID and Scam Block on a rolling basis beginning with T-Mobile ONE customers. New T-Mobile ONE customers will automatically get Scam ID beginning April 5. T-Mobile postpaid customers can also enable Scam ID for themselves beginning April 5 by dialing #ONI# (#664#) and pressing the call button in their phone’s dialer. To turn on Scam Block, customers can dial #ONB# (#662#) or, to turn it off, dial #OFB# (#632#). To check whether Scam Block is on or off, customers can dial #STS# (#787#). Since these features require no app to be installed, all Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile customers on T-Mobile network can also enjoy it.

You can learn more about it here.

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