T-Mobile Launches Scam ID and Scam Block to Help Subscribers

Wireless carrier T-Mobile on Friday announced a pair of new anti-scam features aimed at blocking robocalls and scam calls on your iPhone or other smartphone. Called Scam ID and Scam Block, the new tools were designed to either automatically block incoming calls identified by the system as scam (Scam Block) or warn you that a call is coming from a mobile phone number possibly related to spammers (Scam ID).

With Scam ID, your call screen will alert you to an incoming scam call by displaying “scam likely”. And with Scam Block enabled, T-Mobile will stop scam calls before they ever reach you.

To enable/disable Scam ID/Scam Block when they launch, do the following:
  • Enable Scam ID—dial #ONI# (#664#)
  • Enable Scam Block—dial #ONB# (#662#)
  • Disable Scam Block—dial #OFB# (#632#)
  • Check Scam Block status—dial #STS# (#787#)
“Every year, three out of four people in the US get at least one scam call–and fraudsters cheat consumers out of more than half a billion dollars per year! It’s insane – so we had to do something to protect our customers!” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “So the T-Mobile team designed a brilliant set of patent-pending technologies — then built them directly into our network, so there’s nothing customers have to do. No hoops to jump through, no app to download. Like most T-Mobile technologies, it just works.”
It’s been estimated that three out of four people in the United States get at least one scam call per year, with fraudsters behind these calls cheating consumers out of more than half a billion dollars per year.

New T-Mobile ONE customers will automatically get Scam ID and Scam Block beginning April 5, but existing postpaid customers must enable the feature manually on April 5 or at a later date. The services will be available at no additional charge.

 


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