Most of the robocalls you get aren’t coming from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile numbers

September 12, 2019

A new report suggests that the United States’ top mobile carriers are making headway in the fight against annoying robocalls.

The data analytics company Transaction Network Services (TNS) released its bi-annual “Robocall Report” on Thursday, and some of the emerging unwanted call trends included an increase in hijacking mobile numbers and a shift to spoofing toll-free numbers.

However, the most promising news for consumers was that only 12% of high-risk calls received during the first six months of 2019 originated from numbers owned by AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon…

August 29, 2019

Your cellphone rings from a number you don’t recognize. Reluctantly, you pick it up and discover it’s an automated call from your credit card company, warning you that someone has fraudulently used your card to buy 10 plane tickets to Singapore. You won’t have to pay the charges. Whew!

Amid state and federal efforts to crack down on scam robocalls, legitimate robocallers worry that calls like this one will be blocked too.

Last week, attorneys general from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia announced a new agreement with telecom companies to crack down on illegal calls and scams. The U.S. House and Senate both have approved measures to curb the scam calls and are currently ironing out the differences between them, and the Federal Communications Commission is working on its own anti-scammer rules…

August 14, 2019

As the Federal Communications Commission wages war on robocalls, phone carriers are working together to ensure their customers are protected from scams.

AT&T and T-Mobile announced today calls across both networks would be verified, a step toward meeting the industry-wide SHAKEN/STIR standard.

SHAKEN/STIR verifies the authenticity of a call and alerts you if it is suspected as a spoof or scam. The call is verified at the network level and a symbol such as a check mark will appear to let you know if the call is not spoofed. With AT&T and T-Mobile, you will see “Call Verified” on your screen when you get a call.

July 9, 2019

LOS ANGELES—Your phone rings, and, for the third time today, you see a spam call is coming through. You send the call to voicemail and think, “Who is calling me?” 

Chances are, the call is coming from inside the United States. 

Alex Quilici, CEO of YouMail robocall blocking app, estimates hundreds of millions of telemarketing and student loan scam calls originating from the U.S. The Federal Trade Commission cracked down on robocallers inside the country in June, taking 94 actions on a variety of scams. The majority of the callers were based in Florida and California and used robocalling technology to deploy interest rate reduction, weight loss and medical alert system scams. 

July 8,2019

The Federal Communications Commission is expanding its war on robocalls.

New rules, proposed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and expected to be voted on at the agency’s Aug. 1 meeting, would ban the use of fake numbers in international robocalls and text messages.

This “spoofing” technique uses a false caller ID, to make it appear as if the perpetrator is calling or texting from a nearby location, as a way to get recipients to answer or respond.

As regulators combat robocalls, more are coming from overseas, they say. In the first half of 2019, the FCC got more than 35,000 complaints about caller ID spoofing.

As part of the upcoming iOS 13 software update Apple revealed Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference, the company introduced new features that promise to block frequent scam and spam callers. Essentially, when this setting is turned on, only phone numbers that are recognized  (via your Contacts, Mail, and Messages) will ring the phone. All other calls are automatically dispatched to voicemail.

  The user will only be notified about the call if the caller leaves a voicemail. The recipient can then read Apple’s transcription of the voicemail and see if they want to call the number back…


That late-night telephone call you just got that amounted to one ring – don’t call back.

The Federal Communications Commission has issued an alert to consumers about a new wave of “One Ring” robocalls after “widespread overnight calling” in the states of New York and Arizona.

These recent “One Ring” calls attempt to bait consumers into calling the number back, which can result in you being billed toll charges as if you called a 900 number. The calls are also known as “Wangiri” – the term means “one ring and done” in Japanese, so labelled after the scam originated there years ago…


In a few weeks, the dreaded tax season will be over. We loathe those oddly titled documents with the tiny print. We wonder what number – refund or remainder – those mysterious equations will spit out.

And as more of us sign up as part-time contractors, driving for Lyft and selling crafts on Etsy, our taxes get more complicated. We get anxious.

Criminals love to take advantage of that anxiety.

Tax scams and phishing operations are getting more sophisticated than ever. By faking ads, websites and caller IDs, scammers will gladly prey on your ignorance…


As the war against robocalls wages on, the Federal Trade Commission claims to have won yet another victory against the illegal spammers. 

In a release this week, the agency touted that it shut down “four separate operations” that were responsible for “bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls.”

According to the FTC, the groups responsible pitched a wide array of services from auto warranties and debt-relief services to home security systems, fake charities and services meant to help improve Google search results. 

March 20, 2019

The fight against robocalls can even bring telecom rivals together.

AT&T and Comcast said Wednesday that they can authenticate calls made between the two different phone providers’ networks, a potential industry first and the latest in the long-running battle against spam calls. 

Using AT&T’s Phone digital home phone service and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service, the companies successfully tested the feature over regular consumer networks and not in a lab, the companies said…