MAYBE you’ve noticed you’re not getting as many scam calls as you used to get.
Not so many calls with the prefix +375 (Belarus), +257 (Burundi, Africa) or +245 (Guinea-Bissau, West Africa?
New figures from the communications regulator show 214 million scam calls have been blocked since rules were introduced by the Federal Government in December 2020, requiring telcos to detect, trace and block scam calls.
But you’d have to ask, ‘why did it take so long’?
The ‘Reducing Scam Calls Code’ is a key measure under the Government’s Combatting ‘Scams Action Plan’ announced in November 2019. The Code was developed by the telco industry and registered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and sets out the processes for telcos to identify, trace and block scam calls.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the 214 million blocked calls are…