AT&T is Adding Automatic Fraud Call Blocking to Customers Accounts

AT&T to start blocking robocalls

The free service comes after the Federal Communications Commission ruled in June that phone service providers can offer call-blocking options for customers who choose to be part of the service. In other words, they have been given the go-ahead to add robocall blocking services to your account, so if you don't want them, you'll have to turn them off in the near future.

"The Commission's recent action builds on a years-long effort to enable broader adoption of call-blocking tools and allow providers to better protect their customers and networks", AT&T said in a statement. Calls that AT&T categorizes as "fraud" won't ring your phone, but calls categorized as "spam" will ring your phone despite coming with a warning.

Spam calls could soon be a thing of the past if AT&T has its way. At times, they are illegal scams. Under the declaratory ruling, carriers are allowed to make automatic spam call blocking an opt-out feature, meaning it is turned on by default and customers will need to opt out of receiving it rather than being required to opt in. Americans received a staggering 3.4 billion robocalls in a single month.

Gunmen massacre 18 in Papua New Guinea
Over the previous years, the influx of computerized weapons has made clashes extra deadly and escalated the cycle of violence. Six people had been ambushed and killed near Peta on Saturday, Hela Police Chief Inspector Teddy Augwi told the newspaper.

Engadget reports that AT&T is planning to begin blocking robocalls and issuing spam alerts for suspected fraud phone numbers for new users.

New AT&T Mobility consumer lines will come with the anti-robocall service, and existing AT&T customers also will have it automatically added to their accounts over the coming months. Alternatively, customers can sign into myAT&T and enable fraud call blocking in their account settings. The number of unwanted robocalls skyrocketed 46% from 2017 to 2018, according to caller ID service Hiya.

For customers who are exhausted of these calls and don't want to wait to get access to the new blocking protection, AT&T says downloading the AT&T Call Protect app will offer this same benefit.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Spanish court rules Julio Iglesias is father of 43-year old man
The singer's defence team argued that the trial should not take place since the case had already gone to court. The determination of this matter is not final and can be appealed before the Provincial Court of Valencia.

Amazon’s Prime Day may tempt you to overspend. Here are some tips
It is said that this year's Prime Day sale will be the company's longest so far i.e. 12 hours longer than last year. Ebay is holding a sale to compete with Amazon's Prime Day , and it isn't being shy about the comparison.

New Zealand stun India by 18 runs to reach World Cup final
Chasing 240 for victory, India lost four of their top batsmen for 24 runs in the first 10 overs and were eventually bowled out for 221.

Boult keen for another shot at Australia in World Cup final
But after getting beaten by Pakistan and Sri Lanka we dwelt on it a little bit rather than just forgetting about it and moving on. But while the real trophy is taken back to the ICC headquarters in the UAE, the team takes home a replica.

Japan says it won't retract or renegotiate export rules on S. Korea
Moon also said his country would be forced to take countermeasure if the Japanese trade measures damage South Korean companies. She went on to say that the US by not intervening in the issue "again revealed the current state of South Korea-US relations".

Flights from Gatwick resumed after air traffic control breakdown
Passengers on two early morning flights from Turkey had to wait about three hours for their luggage to arrive at baggage reclaim on Thursday.

Apple quietly updates Macs to remove Zoom webcam exploit
It seems that Zoom thinks that asking a user if they want to join a meeting is a "poor user experience". However, a malicious website can exploit the web server by sending it a request for a video feed.

Baker confuses request for 'Moana' birthday cake with 'marijuana'
The mother of 25-year-old Kensli Davis picked up the cake and brought it home, only to find a rather unexpected motif. She shared a photo of the cake on Facebook - one half is of My Little Pony and the other is a cannabis leaf.

Prince George & Princess Charlotte Look Adorable While Playing Soccer At Polo Match
In the case of Princes William and Harry, they had a chance to go head to head today in a very public arena: the polo field. The portrait Frost referred to was shared on Meghan and Harry's joint Instagram page along with a family shot.

United Kingdom ambassador to USA quits days after leaked cables
Sir Kim was also not attending a meeting between Ivanka Trump and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox in Washington. Darroch said his position had become untenable.

NES Games on Switch Are Getting New "Rewind" Feature
I still have a Nintendo Online subscription, but it's honestly starting to feel like a bit of a grudge purchase. For all the games in the NES library on Switch, you can hold the ZL + ZR buttons to rewind gameplay.

Dollar slammed after Powell's bleak U.S
The Fed has kept its current benchmark overnight interest rate in a range of between 2.25 percent and 2.50 percent since December. The chance of a 50 bps cut rose to 27.6 per cent from 3.3 per cent on Tuesday, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool.

BP oil tanker sheltering in Gulf over fear of Iran attack
The ship "was navigating in worldwide waters", Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said at a press conference in Tehran. While the European Union has banned oil shipments to Syria since 2011, it had never seized a tanker at sea.

'Stranger Things' is breaking Netflix records in first days of season 3
But Stranger Things is set to smash that out of the park, as it's achieved that in a fraction of the time. The game will be available this fall for $39.99 and can be preordered now .

Bautista Agut wears down Pella to reach semi-final
The beginning was brutal". "I'm happy to be playing Roger now because I think I'm in good shape now". I just think at the end I served really good.

Other news