The UK government has announced that it would begin to clamp down on phone scam Calls this summer.
This comes as Major phone networks agreed to automatically block almost all internet calls coming from abroad if they pretend to be from UK numbers, communication regulator, Ofcom has confirmed.
Criminals over the years have been using internet-based calling technology to make it look like a phone call or text is coming from a real telephone number.
Not less than 45 million users were targeted by phone scams this summer, sources confirmed.
Meanwhile, Ofcom said it expected the measures to be introduced at pace as a “priority”.
“We’ve been working with telecoms companies to implement technical solutions, including blocking at source, suspicious international calls that are masked by a UK number,” said Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom’s networks and communications group director.
“We expect these measures to be introduced as a priority, and at pace, to ensure customers are better protected.”
She further disclosed that tackling the phone scams issue was a “complex problem” that requires a coordinated effort from the police, government, other regulators and industry.