T-Mobile claims that scam calls are up 116%, but so is automatic blocking

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Source: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

T-Mobile has released their 2021 Scam and Robocall Report, which shows a dramatic increase in the number of scam phone attempts. This report reveals data about calls blocked using the T-Mobile Scam Shield app available to all T-Mobile and Metro T-Mobile customers.

The report notes that scam calls fell during quarantine in 2020 but rose in 2021. January was the lightest month, with 1.1 billion calls identified as Scam Likely. The number of scam calls increased during the year, with 2.5 billion notifications identified in November. It was also recognized that calls on weekends and holidays fell by 80% on weekends.

T-Mobile has identified fake vehicle warranty as the largest type of scam with 51% of calls. The Social Security office was 10%, wireless providers were 9%, car insurance providers were 6%, and package delivery was 4%. At least calls are expected to drop off sharply starting on December 23rd.

If you want to stay protected, you can download the Scam Shield app for Android and iOS on the Play Store or App Store. Many of the best Android phones purchased directly from T-Mobile will already have the app installed on the phone. Sprint customers using the T-Mobile SIM can also use the app, while other Sprint customers can use the Sprint Call Screener app. This feature is one of the factors that helps T-Mobile plans to be some of the best cell phone plans available.

It's also worth noting that apps like AT&T and Verizon have Call Protect and Call Filter, respectively. Other MVNOs like Google Fi also feature call blocking, and finally, some phone manufacturers like Samsung include blocking in their default call apps. Thanks to carriers adopting the STIR / SHAKEN protocol, better calls have been blocked across the board. In fact, T-Mobile has been 100% compliant since June 2021.

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