Annoyed by incoming scam calls to your phone? T-Mobile is rolling out a new feature to help you avoid them.
Caller Verified is a new feature from T-Mobile that will verify incoming calls as authentic, helping you to avoid scammers that are spoofing their caller ID. T-Mo says that Caller Verified uses the STIR and SHAKEN standards, which digitally validate the handoff of calls so that you know an incoming call is really from the person making it. Caller ID spoofing is a technique used by scammers to hijack a phone number to match the area code and three-digit prefix of a person they're calling to make their call appear authentic.
T-Mobile is the first carrier to implement a caller verification feature using the STIR and SHAKEN standards. Once other carriers begin implementing them as well, T-Mo says that Caller Verified will work on calls made across networks.
Caller Verified is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as a free feature. It'll roll out to more smartphones later this year.
Caller ID spoofing has become a problem as scammers try to get you to pick up your phone by posing as a legitimate phone call from your area. These calls are an annoyance at best, and at worst they can scam people out of their money. Call Verified is helping T-Mobile customers to identify those spoofed calls, and hopefully we see T-Mo roll out it to more devices soon and more carriers deploy the STIR and SHAKEN standards quickly so that more scam calls can be properly identified.