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Verizon now blocks 'neighborhood' spoofed spam calls
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One of the most persistent and annoying breeds of spam calls can now be blocked if you’re a Verizon customer.
We’ve all gotten those calls. You see a call that looks like it’s from a local number with the same area code and sometimes the same prefix as your own number.
Spammers are hoping they can trick you into answering the call. And they change the numbers constantly so if you block one number they’ll call again with a new local number. As most users know, this can happen multiple times a day.
And it’s a big problem for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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In March, the FCC fined a Texas-based robocaller a record $225 million. That telemarketer made approximately 1 billion sales calls – many of them illegally spoofed – in less than five months. The robocalls falsely claimed to offer health insurance plans from companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna.
How to enable Verizon Neighborhood filter
The new feature is part of the Verizon Call Filter Free and Call Filter Plus apps that can be downloaded from the Apple app store and Google Play store.
In the app, you go to the "Management" screen. Then under "Block filters" tap on "Other filters." That will take you to the "Neighborhood filter." There you toggle it on.