Verizon is Cracking Down on Robocalls





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Today Verizon announced that their new Call Filter app will be released in March 2019. This new app will crack down on spam calls by notifying Verizon customers for free that the call is likely spam. You will even be able to set the app up to auto-block any suspected spam calls.

“Happy Valentine’s Day! But if there’s one thing more annoying than getting unwanted calls from an ex, it’s getting all of those pesky robocalls. Rest assured, Verizon is on your side. Check out our Call Filter app and coming next month, a free solution for customers to help them block spam and robocalls.” Verizon said in a statement on their website.

The new app will work on most current Verizon phones including iPhones, Android, and Blackberry phones to name a few. You can see if your phone is supported by visiting Verizon’s website HERE.

Verizon says this app is jus tone part of a larger attack on robocalls. Here are all the steps Verizon is taking to crack down on robocallers:

  • We’ve implemented programs to prevent our services from being used by illegal robocallers. And we’re encouraging other voice service providers to implement similar “know your customer” programs.
  • We have committed to and support the new “STIR/SHAKEN” call authentication technology which will visually alert consumers to spoofed calls and we support legislation requiring service providers to deploy the STIR/SHAKEN call authentication technology.
  • Verizon is also a founding member of the US Telecom Industry Traceback Group, an industry-led organization that traces back suspicious robocall traffic, stops many illegal robocalls and helps enforcement agencies catch the bad guys. Since being a founding member two years ago, more than 20 other organizations have joined the initiative. Without these activities, the flood of illegal robocalls would be even greater.
  • Lastly, we support stronger federal laws to outlaw spoofing and to shut down illegal robocallers. Few robocallers get charged with illegal spoofing because the Truth in Caller ID Act defines “spoofing” narrowly. The government currently must prove the caller intended to defraud, cause harm, or illegally obtain something of value. Verizon supports a simple rule that would make it illegal for any caller to use any phone number that it is not authorized to use.  Verizon also supports legislation, including the TRACED Act, to strengthen enforcement against illegal robocallers and to require other service providers to join us in implementing the STIR/SHAKEN call authentication technology.

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