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Scam Alerts

New “Token” System Could Help Protect You from Bad Calls

Last week, we learned that the Federal Communications Commission has demanded that top phone companies implement call-authentication technology to protect users from scam calls.

The number of robocalls has grown to epidemic proportions, and 2019 is going to be worse than ever. According to recent studies, half of all calls will be unwanted/robocalls next year.

Call-authentication won’t block them entirely, but it may help consumers judge whether the number showing up on their caller-ID is authentic or not. This is why two weeks ago, the FCC urged phone companies to ramp up their efforts to equip their lines with call-authentication as soon as possible.

The system, which has been in development for years, has been named STIR and SHAKEN (a reference to how the fictional James Bond likes his martinis). STIR stands for “Secure Telephone Identity Revisited” and SHAKEN is the acronym for Signature based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs.

How It Works When someone makes a call, a “token” will be transmitted along with the call, which is kind of digital signature. The system will verify whether the token was tampered with, or whether the call actually came from the number it is reportedly from.

Then, you’ll see an icon on your Caller ID, perhaps a green check mark, indicating that the call has been verified as authentic.

Scammers can “change” the number that appears on your Caller ID with a technique called “spoofing”. The token system has been created to counteract this.

The end of robocalls? Unfortunately, the new system won’t block robocalls. However, the good news is two-fold: first, it’s a step in the right direction, and second, there are additional ways to easily block unwanted calls from both your cell phone and your landline.

Are you ready for 2019’s barrage of robocalls? Make sure you’re protected with Call Control’s mobile phone app and easy-to-install landline protection system.

FCC Demands Phone Companies Implement “Call-Authentication” Systems by 2019

Ajit Pai, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman, sent letters to some of the top phone companies in the United States last Monday, demanding that they incorporate “call-authentication” systems to combat robocalls.

His letters were addressed to chief executives of companies such as AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, T-Mobile US Inc, Alphabet Inc, Comcast Corp, Cox Communications Inc, Sprint Corp, CenturyLink Inc, Charter Communications Inc, and Bandwith Inc.

Pai had already asked phone companies to tackle the growing robocall problem last May, calling on them to use call-authentication technology. This technology “validates the handoff of phone calls passing through the complex web of networks, allowing the phone company of the consumer receiving the call to verify that a call is from the person supposedly making it,” according to the FCC.

Unfortunately, however, many companies have not yet implemented an authentication framework, leaving millions of customers exposed to daily call scams and spam.

In fact, a robocall tracking company reported that there were more than 5.1 billion unwanted calls placed just in the last month. The number is expected to climb higher.

Pai expects phone companies to take action by 2019 at the latest, saying that if they fall behind, the FCC will “take action” to make sure they get back on track.

“We need call authentication to become a reality — it’s the best way to ensure that consumers can answer their phones with confidence. By this time next year, I expect that consumers will begin to see this on their phones,” he said.

Until then, our only armor against robocalls as consumers is to invest in third-party call-blocking systems. Some can be downloaded as free apps; others are available as plug-in systems for your landline.

Beware of the “Jailhouse Jingles” Phone Scam

A tricky scam that most often originates with incarcerated criminals can cost you thousands of dollars in phone bills.

Known as the “jailhouse jingles” phone scam, it involves getting the victim to dial certain digits so that the scammer can essentially charge his phone for his future calls.

Sound strange? It certainly is— but it’s absolutely real. Here’s how it works:

Normally, an inmate will either call you directly, or get a third-party accomplice from the outside to conduct a three-way call. If he does this, you won’t hear the recorded message that precedes calls coming from prisons, informing you that an inmate is calling. These recorded messages also ask whether you would like to accept a collect call, since prisoners must call collect unless their calls are pre-paid.

If you do hear this recorded message, you might be worried that someone you know has gotten into trouble, even if you don’t currently know anyone in prison. That’s why most people accept.

Once the person on the other end has your attention, he’ll normally ask for someone else. You’ll say that you don’t know that person, and the inmate will beg for your help. He’ll say he only gets one phone call, and he called you by accident— could you please transfer his call to the correct number?

It all might sound very legitimate, so perhaps you’ll agree. He’ll then ask you to press *72, 72#, or 90#, and then the “number” of the person he’s trying to reach.

Little did you know that dialing those digits actually transfers control of your phone to the caller on the other end! That’s where the big problem begins. Once you’ve done that, you’ve actually allowed the caller to make calls, sometimes even long distance ones, and charge them to your account.

This trick, called call forwarding or call diverting, could be quite helpful if you’re in a situation in which your child or some other relative can’t pay for calls and you want them to be able to reach you. However, most people don’t know about it, and scammers use that to their advantage.

The scammer can rack up expensive calls and charge them all to your phone bill. So what’s the best way to avoid this scam? Knowledge is key— now that you know about it, keep yourself safe by never accepting any call forwarding from anyone you don’t know.

In addition, you can block fishy calls from your cell phone and landline with Call Control, a free app for iPhone and Android.

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