T-Mobile says it will have blocked 21 billion scam calls by 2021


T-Mobile has announced that scam traffic will more than double by 2021 with attempts to reach an average of 425 million calls each week, Bleeping Computer reported. It also said it had blocked more than 21 billion of those calls for T-Mobile customers through December 2021 (more than 700 calls per second) through its Scam Shield service.

More than half of the 21 billion calls were related to fake auto warranty scams, while others pretended to be employees of Social Security, wireless carriers, auto insurance companies and parcel delivery companies. Scammers’ preferred locations were Texas, Florida, Arizona and Georgia, with the most targeted area code being the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

T-Mobile launched its Scam Shield service last year and promised protection for all users regardless of their plan. You can choose to screen calls as “probably scams” when a call comes in, or block them altogether using various methods, such as T-Mobile details in its blog post.

AT&T and Verizon also released statistics for scam calls, with AT&T saying its ActiveArmor service has blocked more than 16 billion suspicious calls since 2016. Meanwhile, Verizon revealed that approximately 78 million of its customers were protected from 13 billion unwanted calls by its Verizon Call Filter service.

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