It is no secret to say that over the past few years the rate of spam calls to the average person has increased dramatically. Many people commonly receive two, three, four blatant spam calls a day. These calls pose an danger to those who fall for the tricks employed by these scammers but even to those who are more cautious they act as a constant nuisance throughout the day. For anyone on a consumer level it is impossible to deal with the issue on their own. They can block hundreds of numbers but there will be thousands more to take their place. They could place their number on the do not call list just for that to be ignored by anyone with less than wholesome intentions. That is where the government and the actual phone providers need to step in.
Just over a month ago President Trump signed a bill into law intended to help quell some of these spam calls. The bill requires cell phone providers to implement systems to detect and notify users of incoming spam calls. The newest companies to add this feature to their networks are T-Mobile and Sprint. The system being put in place is called SHAKEN/STIR. The system is used to verify that the call is coming from the customer of the network and that they are authorized to be calling from that number. If those requirements aren’t met then the call still goes through but the potential risk of the call is indicated in the caller id.
This system is by no means a perfect fix. In order for it to be totally effective network providers would have to share information as the system can only check the information provided. It does however mark a large step in the right direction for companies and the government taking a strong stand against spam and actually implementing systems to help quell the issue.