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Verizon releases tool to block robo-calls

Verizon posted on its official customer service Twitter that it had confirmed a widespread "texting outage."
Verizon posted on its official customer service Twitter that it had confirmed a widespread "texting outage."
Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 11:46 AM CDT
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Wednesday, March 26, 2019

Robo-callers will soon be asking "Can you hear me now?" -- when trying to reach Verizon customers.

The largest wireless provider in the country released a new tool aimed at filtering those annoying automated calls.

The free service will display a scam alert on a smartphone's screen to notify customers the call is likely coming from a fraudulent source. Some calls will be blocked and not received by your phone at all.

Verizon officials say more than 300 million spam and robo-call numbers have been collected so far -- but robo-call services often use fake numbers so the list is constantly growing.

Landline phones will also have access to the protection service through caller ID.

Verizon says that feature flagged nearly 1 billion scam and robo-calls since launching last year.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Getting rid of those annoying robocalls is about to be a lot easier if you're a Verizon customer.

According to Forbes, the phone company will soon offer free blocking tools for its customers.

Verizon already offers a blocking app that costs $2.99 a month, but a free version is expected by the end of the month.

Verizon is tapping into new technology that analyzes incoming calls and visually alerts consumers to spoofed calls on their smartphones.

Since last year, Verizon has identified nearly 300 million numbers associated with spam and robo-calling.

More details about the service are expected.

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