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T-Mobile Has Blocked a Million Scam Calls With Its "Scam Block" Feature

Last year, T-Mobile unveiled a new feature that allowed its subscribers to receive a warning whenever an incoming call is suspected to be scam. The feature, known as Scam ID, displayed a 'Scam Likely' notification on the screen while the phone rang. 

The wireless network also allowed its subscribers to opt for a "Scam Block" feature, which allowed them to block incoming calls from certain numbers from reaching their devices. The feature, however, was a little risky since some legitimate calls could be blocked. 

It looks like T-Mobile's anti-scam feature is working really well. Earlier today, T-Mobile revealed that they have been able to block more than 1 billion scam calls. These calls were blocked from reaching the phones of its customers ever since they rolled out the feature almost 18 months ago. And with 147 million scam calls being made each day, that's a whole lot of blocked calls. 

To improve the feature, T-Mobile will be improving its system to block robocallers. This includes the scammers that make bogus calls from the area code of their target, since these are calls that customers usually pick up their phones for. 

In addition to blocking robocalls, T-Mobile has announced that it will be adhering to the new call authorization standards imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The new standards, known as Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) and Secure Telephony Identity Revisited (STIR), allow carriers to verify that the individual making a call is the same person using the phone number on an incoming call. By implementing these standards, wireless providers will be able to stop incoming calls from stolen phone numbers. 

Both T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile subscribers automatically have the Scam ID feature activated on their device. Scam Block, on the other hand, can be enabled by dialing #ONB# (#662#). If you need to disable the service, you can do that by dialing #OFB# (#632#). 

Source: Phone Arena

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  1. FYI, Scam ID is not available for T-Mobile prepaid accounts.

  2. T-Mobile prepaid website account access has been down for a long time now. Any word on when or if it will be fixed?

  3. 1 Million or 1 Billion were blocked?.
    It is on Metro and on TMobile plans. Same TMobile network for both.

  4. This is correct, I have checked with T-Mobile and it is unavailable for legacy prepaid but should be available on the new rebellion system plans.

    1. Did they tell you how much longer it is going to take to fix it?

  5. Would this block incoming calls from Google Voice users?

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