Verizon in January said it would be expanding its spam- and robocall-prevention features to more customers. The free version of Call Filter lets you get spam alerts, report unsolicited numbers and block robocalls. Verizon said all postpaid customers with a compatible device can enroll, though some features will vary based on the type of phone you have.
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Verizon still offers a paid version of Call Filter, which costs $2.99 a month per line. The paid service offers additional tools like the ability to identify unknown callers by name and a spam number lookup feature.
The company also said Thursday that its began deployment of the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID technology recommended by the Federal Communications Commission. The STIR/SHAKEN standard verifies that the phone number shown on caller ID is the actually the phone number that placed the call. It's an attempt to combat call spoofing, which happens when scammers hijack numbers similar to yours to make you think it could be someone you know calling.