Picture this: Saturday evening, an open beer, maybe a couple of Xbox game. Suddenly, your mobile phone rings. Who can it be at this hour? You took a close look at the caller’s ID and discovered you don’t recognize the number. Naturally, most of us just pick up the phone, thinking that it’s probably someone from work or a friend/family member who changed his phone number. And the next thing you know is that someone is trying to offer you a free vacation or is telling you about how you can lower your phone bills.
Phone scams are indeed a nuisance and, sometimes, we are unable to tell which phone call is legit and which is a scam. However, things are about to change thanks to T-Mobile’s initiative to deploy the first nationwide anti-scamming technology.
According to T-Mobile’s recent statement, it appears that the new anti-scamming feature will be deployed starting on the 5th of April. Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but how does it work and, more importantly, is it efficient?
To answer the first question, we return to T-Mobile’s statement which says that the anti-scamming features use advanced behavioral heuristics and scam pattern detection algorithms. Using these thingamajigs and a big list of known scammers which, according to T-Mobile, is updated on a regular basis, the carrier will be able to identify if the caller ID which appears on your phone belongs to a scammer or not.
Now, if the person trying to reach you has been flagged by the system as being a scammer, you will receive the text “Scam Likely” next to the caller’s ID. But wait, because there’s more.
According to T-Mobile, phone owners will be able to block calls coming from scammers effectively. Once this function is activated, your phone will not ring if the call comes from a person suspected of being a scammer.
As for the cost of the service, T-Mobile said that it’s entirely free of charge and that it will be deployed starting with the 5th of April for ONE account. Now, bear in mind that the anti-scamming service offered by T-Mobile can be turned on and off, depending on the user’s preferences.
So, in order to manually enable your T-Mobile anti-scamming service, please dial #664# on your phone. To enable the scam block, please dial #662#. Now, if you want to disable this service, dial #632#. Finally, if you want to find out if the service is up and running, please dial #787#.
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