If you’ve been getting a ridiculous number of suspicious phone calls over the last few weeks, you’re definitely not the only one. Over the last couple of months, scam calls have become increasingly common across Canada, with some people receiving countless hoax calls every single day. Now, telecom companies might have a way to fix it, and scam calls in Canada could be about to get better.
Scam calls have been ringing off the hook in Canada recently, and many Canadians are fed up with dealing with the hoax calls. From pretending to be Canadian retail stores to faking calls from the government, the hackers are becoming increasingly hard-to-detect, and people have finally had enough.
Thankfully, Canadian telecom companies could have a solution to the problem, and it will allow users to block all scam calls indefinitely.
Several companies confirmed they’re close to developing the technology needed to combat this surge of hoax phone calls, but say they’re also working with industry regulators to find more advanced solutions.
If you’re receiving a painful number of these scam calls at the moment, they hopefully won’t last for much longer.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has given the industry until December 19 to start fixing the scam calls problem, and to implement systems that block or filter out the illegal phone calls.
One of the initial steps expected to be taken is called “universal call blocking,” which will be applied at network-level to stop blatantly fake numbers such as 000-000-0000 from calling.
Bell Canada and Rogers are among the carriers that have committed to have this process in place by December, and others have confirmed they're working on similar solutions.
There’s been such an influx of scam calls in Canada in recent weeks, that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) had to make an official statement on the matter last month.
The OPC issued an official announcement warning Canadians about fraudulent callers, and urging them to remain vigilant when asked for personal details over the phone.
The OPC noted that reputable firms would never ask for personal or financial information over the phone, and information such as credit card numbers or Social Insurance Numbers should never be given out.
While December 19 is just over a month away, this is a pretty long time to wait if you’re receiving constant scam calls every single day.
Sadly, there’s not a lot we can do in the mean-time, except block as many fake numbers as possible and try not to pick up any potential scammer calls.