Illegal caller ID spoofing is a big problem right now in the spam call space, so big that the FCC has demanded wireless carriers take action. One of the first to do so is T-Mobile, who just introduced “Caller Verified,” a service they hope will help customers avoid spoof and spam calling.
Caller Verified informs customers on the call screen whether or not the incoming call has been verified to be authentic and not intercepted by scammers or spammers. It’s not a call blocker, though, in case you were wondering. Instead, it aims to inform you of the type of call coming through and whether or not you should answer it.
The service implements STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) standards, which the industry developed for this purpose and has been promoted by the FCC for use right away. The basics of it are that every call that comes through a carrier to your phone should have a certificate of authenticity attached.
To start, a software update will push to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Call Verified attached. Throughout 2019, additional phones will gain support.
Call Verified is free for T-Mobile customers.