T-Mobile rolled out an advanced scam protection feature for its customers not too long ago. The Scam ID and Scam Block features help protect customers against numbers that are likely going to be a scam. The features essentially provide users with a heads up about a potential scam and they can then decide whether or not they want to pick up that call. T-Mobile today announced that both features are now being offered for free to MetroPCS customers.

Scam ID lets the user known simply when it believes that the incoming call is likely to be a scam. The phone will display a “Scam Likely” message along with the phone number. Customers can then choose to accept or decline the call.

Scam Block is useful for those who don’t want to be bothered by such calls. The feature will automatically filter them out and MetroPCS will terminate those calls before they even reach the customer who has Scam Block activated.

Since Scam ID and Scam Block are built into T-Mobile’s nationwide network, both features are going to work on every single MetroPCS device. T-Mobile says that ever since these features were launched they have been used to flag or block more than 243 million calls for customers.

A study from Truecaller shows that while scammers only have a 0.2 percent success rate on all calls, a successful scam costs an average of $274 per victim. T-Mobile thus estimates that these features have helped save its customers from over $130 million in potential losses.

Starting July 25th, Scam ID will be automatically enabled for all MetroPCS customers. They can dial #ONB# (#662#) or, to turn it off, dial #OFB# (#632#) for Scam Block.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Metropcs and T-Mobile. Source: newsroom.t-mobile

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