Mobile deploys Caller Verified to crack down on scammers

Mobile deploys Caller Verified to crack down on scammers

No wonder people are answering the phone less often and using other communication methods, like texting.

T-Mobile says the feature is available for customers with an updated Galaxy Note 9. The carrier's Caller Verified technology is being deployed to the Galaxy Note 9 first, activating when an incoming calls arrives.

The STIR and SHAKEN standards allow calls to be signed as legitimate by originating carriers and validated by other operators before the calls reach consumers. If you've got a Galaxy Note 9 and you're already a T-Mobile customer, that's it. One of the first to do so is T-Mobile, who just introduced "Caller Verified", a service they hope will help customers avoid spoof and spam calling.

With the new tool, T-Mobile's network will mark incoming calls with "Call Verified" when the company thinks the call is "authentic and not intercepted by scammers", the carrier said in a release. T-Mobile, the so-called un-carrier, is further differentiating itself from the crowd by being the first carrier to launch caller verification using the STIR and SHAKEN standards (no, James Bond was apparently not consulted).

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Few things are as irritating as spam calls, and today, T-Mobile announced that it's taking a couple steps forward in helping make sure you have to deal with them as infrequently as possible.

The technology, Caller Verified, uses the new STIR/SHAKEN standards to combat illegal caller ID spoofing, which can occur when scammers hijack a phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix of the person being targeted.

Once Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint adopt STIR/SHAKEN, Caller Verified will work across networks.

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