You’ve been saved from 20 billion spam calls thanks to Verizon

After a long, busy day, you sit down to supper with your family. You’re already diving in with enthusiasm as the food is piping hot and everyone’s phones have been put away. Your phone suddenly rings—As you step away from the table to receive the phone, you wonder who might be calling so late.

Verizon blocks an average of 250 robocalls per user. Does the above scenario sound familiar? If not, and you have Verizon as your carrier, you might have to thank them: the company said it has so far protected its 80 million users from more than 20 billion fraudulent calls. This represents approximately two hundred and fifty fraudulent calls per person; or enough to interrupt every evening meal of the week for a year straight. That’s a lot of unwanted calls.

It’s an unknown number. Could this be the new job you applied for last week? Nervous, you answer the phone, and a strange voice greets you. After about 10 seconds, you realize it’s a pre-recorded message: nothing but a spam call. Annoyed, you hang up the phone, tell your family it was just another stupid bot, and try to continue with the mashed potatoes that have already cooled.

Verizon provided this and other information in an article posted on its website yesterday. The company has extensively explained the role of its free call screening app, which is an additional feature it offers to protect users from unwanted calls as much as possible. Verizon also pointed out that users who want additional features for maximum caller filtering can also sign up for Call Filter Plus. This account, available on the Call Filter app, costs just $2.99 ​​and offers caller name identification, spam search, personal block list, and spam risk indicator.

Verizon also introduced a new anti-spam feature for customers of Fios Digital Voice, Verizon’s all-fiber optic network. Fios Digital Voice users now benefit from improved caller ID, which displays “V” for “verified” next to the caller’s name directly on the phone screen, as well as call log by the following. That is, a caller is verified “when the caller’s phone provider has confirmed that the call is from an authentic phone number that has not been spoofed.”

These are probably the best nifty features anyone could use to protect themselves from spam calls. The spam risk counter keeps you informed in real time of your level of risk of receiving known spam calls. Both the free and paid versions of Call Filter offer a neighborhood filter, which specifically protects against neighbor spoofing. It happens when a spammer calls you and uses your own area code — and often the first three digits of your number — to try to get you to answer, thinking it might be a neighbor. Verizon has protected you from 20 billion spam calls. Verizon now offers a “verified caller” feature on its fiber optic network

Even with all of these tools in place to combat spam, Verizon says it will continue to develop its technology to eliminate as many unwanted calls as possible in the future. “Our work is far from done,” said Manon Brouillette, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. “With innovative technology, we will continue to fight these bad actors to help the cause of our customers.”

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