Available 7 Days/Week       MON - FRI  8am - 7pm       SAT - SUN  10am – 6pm
Call us (239) 466-0400
Apply Now

Tired of robocalls? How new technology will help quiet your phone

FORT MYERS, Fla. — There aren’t many issues that everyone can agree on in America in 2021. 

Putting an end to annoying robocalls may be one of the few exceptions.

“(I get) five a day,” Aaron Martin said, sighing, in Fort Myers.

“Scam likely,” his friend Max Conoley chimed in.

“I get them a lot. I get them all the time,” Kaytlin Larson said. 

“They ask me about my car’s warranty and I don’t have a car,” she added, laughing. 

According to YouMail, a software company that helps block robocalls, about 26.4 billion have been placed in the United States already this year. That’s more than 80 robocalls, on average, to each person affected. 

“Robocalls have been a number one complaint for many, many years,” security expert Carrie Kerskie explained. 

But now, there may finally be some relief from the constant ringing. 

June 30th marked the FCC-imposed deadline for phone carriers to implement what’s called STIR/SHAKEN. 

No, it has nothing to do with martinis. STIR/SHAKEN is an acronym for a new technology that, in short, requires carriers to verify the caller ID information before the calls get to you. 

“The new technology is to, is a way to try to help identify spoofed calls, or spoofing of caller ID,” Kerskie explained. “That’s when the bad guys will manipulate caller ID to display a different number than the one they’re actually calling from.”

Large carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T started working on STIR/SHAKEN long before yesterday’s FCC’s deadline, but there’s a remaining issue. Smaller carriers still have more time to implement the new technology. 

So, while you will see fewer robocalls, it’s likely not the end of them altogether — at least not yet. 

“The bad guys are always finding ways to make money,” Kerskie said. “So the minute we block one channel, they’re finding ways around or they get creative and come up with something new.”

While not all robocalls are scams, many are out to steal your money. Those are the types of calls targeted by the new technology. 

Kerskie said if you don’t expect a call or recognize the number — just don’t answer. If you do pick up, she warned of three red flags indicating it’s a scam: 

  • There’s a sense of urgency for you to do something
  • There’s a severe consequence if you don’t do something
  • There’s a demand for something specific, like payment through gift cards

“I do applaud the telecommunication companies and the FCC for taking the initiative to help try to combat this with technology, but technology is not the single solution,” Kerskie said. “It’s still us — it’s still the human factor. We’re the end users, we’re the ones making the decisions. So we still need to use caution.”

The post Tired of robocalls? How new technology will help quiet your phone appeared first on NBC2 News.

NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

#mortgagenaples, #naplesmortgage, #naplesnews, *Top News, FCC, Local, News, robocaller, robocalls, scam, scam alert, stir/shaken

mortgage lender, mortgage, naples mortgage, naples mortgage rates, napes mortgage company

*Assumes 2.799% APR, 20% down payment, and conforming 30-year fixed rate first mortgage on a single family, primary residence. The monthly payment you enter includes only principal and interest. Additional required amounts such as taxes, insurance, home owner association dues, assessments, mortgage insurance premiums, flood insurance or other such required payments should also be considered. Not all individuals will qualify for a mortgage loan based on the payment entered. Rates cited are for instructional purposes only; current rates are subject to change at any time without notice.  **Posted APR is based on Mortgage Assumptions
 
Copyright © 2021 Fidelity Home Group supports Equal Housing Opportunity | All Right Reserved  | NMLS Identifier 1834853. Fidelity Home Group is not affiliated with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Not intended for legal or financial advice, consult your own professionals if such advice is sought. Accessibility Statement  | Consent to Receive Electronic Loan Documents  |  Cookies Policy   |  Disclosures  | Email and Mobile PolicyFair Lending Policy  |  Mortgage Assumptions  |  NMLS Consumer Access  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use