This feature was rolled out to inform iPhone users about scam calls to prevent the likelihood of a scam happening. This is the scam ID feature and I’m going to show you what it is and how to block numbers from it.
Scam Likely is a number than your carrier has recognised and matched to a number on their database that has been reported for a scam. Therefore, instead of the number coming up on your iPhone, the number is tagged with the name ‘Scam Likely’ to deter you from answering.
Who and What is Scam Likely?
Some popular wireless carriers such as T-Mobile and MetroPCS have released a new feature called Scam ID. This feature was basically rolled out to help prevent fraudsters and scammers from deceiving you. The Scam ID feature is able to detect a detect an incoming call that’s potentially going to be a scam and instead of the number coming up, you’ll see ‘Scam Likely’ instead.
There’s another feature that allows you to block the scam likely calls completely without even receiving the incoming call and this is called Scam Block. This means that the number will never even reach your device, so you can’t be bothered at all.
The ‘Scam Likely’ feature is a good way to show how technology is advancing. Companies like T-Mobile are looking for ways to protect their users from dangers such as scams, plus, they even give this feature out for free.
Scam likely works by matching the incoming number to a database of numbers that have been reported for spam calls already. If the number that’s trying to dial you matches one on their database, the name will come up as ‘Scam Likely’. Your carrier is the one who can recognise these numbers and apply the ‘Scam Likely’ tag to them so that the number can come up with this tag on all types of smartphone including iPhone and Android.
These scam calls are usually done by people trying to impersonate the IRS. This is a sophisticated step in the latest tax scam Americans need to watch out for, according to the IRS. Scammers file a fake tax return with stolen personal information, like your Social Security number, and then use actual bank account information to have the refund deposited into your own account.
How to Block Scam Likely Numbers
If you’ve received scam likely numbers a number of times now, you’re probably getting frustrated and you’d want to block them. All though the calls your receiving may come up as a scam likely number, technology isn’t always perfect and a normal number trying to reach you may come up with a scam likely number.
This is the reason you have to manually block out these numbers because your carriers know that normal numbers can sometimes come up as scam likely which is the reason they don’t just block it out completely. That’s why it says ‘Likely’ because there’s a possibility that this number isn’t a number that’s trying to scam you.
If you have T-Mobile, you can enter some shortcodes into your dialler to block spam calls. If you’re on a carrier such as Virgin, AT&T, or Verizon, you can input shortcodes into your dialer.
Here’s how you block ‘Scam Likely’ numbers:
- Open up your dialer
- Dial #ONB# or #662#
- Call this code just like you call someone else
- To disable the scam block, dial #787# and call the number
There are a lot of ways you can block spam calls if you’re not using T-Mobile such as using apps like Mr.Number. It lets you block both calls and texts. It can also block out entire area codes. Mr. Number compiles a database of rejected numbers this lets users of the app avoid telemarketers and problem callers.