This is a very useful APP that blocks scam messages and texts but is only available in Singapore and is only for iOS phones currently but they are working on an Android version.
That’s a shame, as we all need one of these APPS.
The APP can do the following:
- Block scam calls – Scam Shield compares an incoming call against a list maintained by the Singapore Police Force to determine if the number has been used for illegal purposes and blocks it.
- Filter scam Text messages – when you receive an SMS from an unknown contact, Scam Shield will determine if the SMS is a scam and filter the messages to a junk SMS folder.
- Report scam messages – you can report scam messages from other chat apps such as WhatsApp, Wechat, IMO, Viber, etc. You can forward the messages via Scam Shield’s in-app reporting function.
There are strict rules on what ScamShield can or cannot read. If a message comes from a known contact, then iOS does not pass the message to Scamshield. If you have previously interacted with an unknown contact or decided to engage an unknown contact in conversation then ScamShield will not get to see the message. Only messages sent by unknown persons via SMS will be passed to Scam Shield.
Also, the APP also does not have any access to your location data or any personal data.
How does ScamShield work?
The app filters incoming calls and text messages. ScamShield compares an incoming call against a list maintained by the Singapore Police Force to determine if the number has been used for illegal purposes and blocks it.
When you receive an incoming SMS from an unknown contact, ScamShield will determine if the SMS is a scam using an on-device algorithm and filters the messages to a junk SMS folder.
Remember, the APP only works in Singapore.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.