New call-blocking apps in iOS 10 can stop spammers and scammers

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Constantly hassled by incoming calls on your iPhone that promise riches for filling out a survey, claim the IRS will arrest you if you don’t wire a payment (to Costa Rica), or say they’re calling from your “credit-card company” without mentioning which one? iOS 10 packs a solution: apps can now identify callers as scammy or spammy, and optionally automatically block them.

This may be useful for you, or to help a loved one install on their phone if they can’t always differentiate between legitimate callers and those aiming to defraud them.

And don’t worry: Apple isn’t giving developers all your incoming call information. Just like iOS 9’s content-blocking Safari extensions, all the rules used to identify and optionally block fraudulent and unwanted calls have to be loaded in the app, so that iOS 10 can check against them locally, rather than letting the app send your data off who knows where. The phone numbers of incoming calls never leave your device.

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