AT&T will finally help users effectively block harassing robocalls

AT&T will finally help users effectively block harassing robocalls

AT&T customers who already have spam alerts but not fraud blocking protection will see the new automatic blocking service arrive over 'coming months.' Customers will receive a text message once automatic call blocking is live for their line, according to AT&T.

AT&T's service will attempt to warn customers if a call may be spam and block any seemingly fraudulent calls. The feature, which is slated to roll out in the coming months, will first be activated on new lines before being applied to existing accounts.

On June 6, the FCC voted in favor of allowing wireless carriers to block robocalls by default, enabling them to stop these scammers and spammers before they reach the customer's phone. "It clarifies that call-blocking tools may be offered by phone service providers on an "opt out" basis", said AT&T in a statement.

On Tuesday, AT&T became the first major USA wireless company to automatically block robocalls for customers. Americans received a staggering 3.4 billion robocalls in a single month. "AT&T remains committed to working with our government and industry partners in the ongoing battle against unwanted and illegal robocalls".

"When consumers complain to us, they don't distinguish between illegal calls, scam calls, telemarketing calls and spoofed calls", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in an op-ed for USA Today earlier this year.

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Engadget reports that AT&T is planning to begin blocking robocalls and issuing spam alerts for suspected fraud phone numbers for new users. Now, AT&T customers will only have to opt out via their account settings if they don't wish to have calls blocked.

When AT&T enables the automatic blocking, customers will have to go into the app and opt out if they wish to deactivate the service.

MyAT&T is also the place where you can opt out of the service.

Other carriers offer similar options, though AT&T is so far the only to automatically block calls.

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