Effective on June 30, cell phone companies are required to verify that caller ID information transmitted during a call is accurate. This should dramatically help lower elder abuse cases, which often start with someone calling and pretending to be from Social Security, your bank, or some other service provider that you used. Under code name Stir/Shaken , the program is meant to crack down on spoofing. By 2019, more than half of all cellphone calls were unsolicited or scams, according to digital security company First Orion. Americans lost almost $30 billion in phone scams over the last year, according to a report by phone security firm Truecaller (Source AARP Bulletin, November 2021 Issue, page 6).