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Tired of receiving scam SMSes and phone calls?

You can now download an app to prevent these scams, including loan, phishing and Chinese officials impersonation scams, from reaching your phones.

Launched in Nov. 20 last year, the ScamShield app identifies and filters out scam messages using artificial intelligence, sending such messages to the phone’s junk folder instead.

It also blocks scam messages and calls from phone numbers that are used in other scam cases or reported by ScamShield users.

It was jointly developed by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Open Government Products team at the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech).

Since its launch, over 5,537 numbers believed to be used in scams have been blocked.

A total of 722,865 SMSes have also been been reported, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and NCPC said in a news release on Saturday, May 29.

The free app, while only available on iOS devices, has been downloaded by more than 119,000 users, according to SPF and NCPC.

An Android compatible version is currently in the works.

Blocked calls, filtered SMSes and scams prevented

Upon installing ScamShield, users can enable call blocking and SMS filtering by tweaking their phone’s settings.

Using artificial intelligence, ScamShield will then identify, filter out and prevent scam SMSes and phone calls from reaching potential scam victims.

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