New technology alerting more consumers to spam calls

 New technology alerting more consumers to spam calls

To help block unwanted calls to consumers, the FCC is requiring phone companies to use a technology that will let a consumer know if an unknown number is legitimate.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — If you use a home phone, big changes are in store beginning this week.

Tuesday was a critical deadline for telephone providers. They were ordered by the FCC to begin using new technology to help identify unwanted calls.

“The real need for that was it’s so easy to spoof phone calls,” said Bailey Parker, the Director of Communications and Public Information for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA). “A scammer will actually copy somebody’s phone number, whether it’s a government agency or another business or just some random person.”

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