T-Mobile announced that fraudulent call traffic more than doubled in 2021 with an average of 425 million calls attempted each week, sleeping computer mentioned. It also said it blocked more than 21 billion of these calls for T-Mobile customers through December 2021 (more than 700 calls per second) via its SCAM Shield service.
More than half of the 21 billion calls were related to fake car warranty scams, while others impersonated Social Security employees, wireless service providers, auto insurance companies, and package delivery. The scammers’ favorite locations were Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia, and the most targeted area code was the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
T-Mobile launched SCAM Shield last year, promising protection for all users regardless of their plan. You can choose to either screen calls as “potentially fraudulent” when a call comes in, or block them entirely using a variety of methods, such as T-Mobile’s details in its blog post.
AT&T and Verizon also released scam call statistics, with AT&T saying its ActiveArmor service has blocked more than 16 billion suspicious calls since 2016. Meanwhile, Verizon revealed that about 78 million of its customers are protected from 13 billion spam calls from Through Verizon Call Filter Services.
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