Robocalls have been a problem for the longest time. As companies continuously find new ways to block robocalls, it is certain that we have seen a decrease. However, with Robo callers finding new strategies to continuously harass people over the phone it has been hard to block.
The FCC’s deadline to implement technology to beat back annoying robocalls went into effect over the summer. As of June 30, every major voice provider in the US, including phone companies AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and cable provider Comcast, was required to implement a technology, called Stir/Shaken, designed to curb the tide of spam calls by requiring voice providers to verify where calls are coming from. And in December, the agency moved up the deadline for many smaller providers to comply with this technology.
But even though the crackdown has helped dampen the calls, scammers are back at work looking for ways to trick Americans into picking up the phone and handing over money.
“Stir/Shaken has shut down one avenue,” said Clayton LiaBraaten, senior advisory board member at Truecaller, which makes a spam-blocking and caller ID app. “But it’s making already very capable criminals even more sophisticated and sinister in their scams.”
Data Company BeenVerified said these calls can ramp up during the holidays. Its research found “business imposter scams have been the biggest threat this year.” And what companies are most scammers pretending to be? The Federal Trade Commission said it’s Amazon by a longshot, followed by Apple.
However, on the bright side, there are also other anti-fraud tools offered by your wireless provider and third-party apps to flag potential scam calls like Caller ID. T-Mobile offers free Scam Shield services that include Scam ID and blocking, which flags suspicious calls as “Scam Likely” and gives customers the option to block these calls.