No one wakes up in the morning and wonders, “will I be swindled out of $10,000 today?” If people spent their time worrying about all the possible bad things that could happen, they might never get out of bed. But a piece of good news reminds us of just the kind of risk that people should think about, the kind that can cost a person thousands of dollars. It involves two things people tend to have some trust in: your phone and the IRS.

First the good news: Sahil Patel, one of the leaders of a massive phone scam that has cost U.S. consumers over one million dollars, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. It is all too rare that the people behind phone-based cons are brought to justice, for a number of reasons. The scams can be conducted from overseas, outside of U.S. jurisdiction where the scammers have time to cover their tracks. Also, the victims of phone-based fraud often don’t realize the problem and contact law enforcement until the perpetrators have moved on.

Having Patel behind bars may bring some satisfaction to the 600,000 people who are known to have fallen for this particularly nasty swindle, commonly referred to as the IRS Scam. Under Patel, scammers in India would call consumers in the U.S. pretending to be from the IRS, claiming that the individual had had tax problems and had to pay money right then or face jail or charges. Victims who fall for the ruse are reported to lose an average of around $10,000.

Now the bad news: Just because one leader of this phone scam is out of the picture doesn’t mean consumers are safe. According to the Treasury Department, around 10,000 people receive calls from scammers trying to pull the IRS Scam on them every week.

As we mentioned earlier, one reason this scam is so effective is that it relies on two things people tend not to question: their phone, and the IRS. The IRS offers some resources to help consumers protect themselves from phone-based fraud, but the agency has a lot on its plate – given that it is still dealing with the impact of recent cybersecurity hacks. That leaves your phone, and leads us back to the good news.

A scammer is only as powerful as a would-be victim is weak. Awareness is a strong tool, but technology offers a protection that doesn’t require consumers to always be on guard. Software that simply tracks the location of blocked Caller IDs, allows users to record phone calls, and more, have the potential to be game-changers in the battle between scammers and victims. These phone-based apps are inexpensive and simple to install. As more and more people put these protections on their phones, good news, like the prosecution of Sahil Patel, may become more common.