How Do I Block Calls From “Scam Likely”? Here’s The Real Solution!

You keep receiving phone calls from a mysterious “Scam Likely” and you want to block them. The new scam ID feature has created quite a buzz among mobile phone users, who are excited about the thought of never having to receive another phone call with nefarious intent. In this article, I’ll show you how to block calls from “Scam Likely” on iPhone and Android smartphones, so you won’t have to deal with phone scams ever again.

Who Is “Scam Likely” And Why Are They Calling Me?

scam likely on iphone

Some wireless providers such as T-Mobile have created a new scam ID technology that automatically labels a potentially dangerous caller as “Scam Likely”. PrivacyStar, a company that helps mobile phone users avoid unwanted phone calls, also assisted in creating this scam filtering program.

Depending on what kind of phone you have, the message that you see on screen may be different. Samsung has their own spam detection and prevention service for their Android smartphones called Hiya which works pretty much the same way.

These features changes the caller ID of the potential scam caller to “Scam Likely”. This works using a lot of different methods, but one way that they can do it is compare the number against a database of confirmed scam callers. If the number is a match, it will label the number.

Why Do I Have A Missed Call From “Scam Likely”?

missed call from scam likely iPhone

If you receive but don’t answer a phone call from a number that has been flagged as “Scam Likely”, it will still show up under the Recents tab in the Phone app on your iPhone. If you want to delete the missed call, swipe the number from right to left in the Phone app and tap the red Delete button.

The same goes for an Android smartphone. You might see the missed call in your missed calls screen in your phone app. You can always delete them by swiping them away.

How Do I Block Calls From “Scam Likely”?

Blocking calls can depend on your wireless carrier, so we have some tips for each one below. We also have some information about features you can take advantage of on Android and iOS before going to your carrier. These options will make it so that you can easily block calls from “scam likely”.

Blocking Calls On iPhone

iOS has a built-in feature that allows you to block individual numbers. Go to your Phone app, then tap Recents and find the number you want to block, and then ta Block this Caller. 

Alternatively, you can use an app from from the App Store like Hiya or Truecaller.

Blocking “Scam Likely” Calls On Android

Android phones have pretty much the same feature, depending on the manufacturer. Google Pixel phones have a great features that will have Google Assistant answer the phone for you and ask the caller to identify themselves. This feature is called Call Screening and it can show you captions of the conversation between Google Assistant and the scammer so you can decide to pick up the call or ignore it.

Block Calls From “Scam Likely” On T-Mobile

For many iPhone and Android smartphone users, knowing that a scammer is calling isn’t enough: they want to block the scam calls altogether. Fortunately, if T-Mobile is your wireless provider, there are some short numeric codes you can dial into the Phone app on your mobile phone to block calls from “Scam Likely” entirely.

Note: Other wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Virgin Mobile, etc.) don’t have these custom codes yet, but if they do create similar codes, we’ll make sure to update this article!

To block phone calls from “Scam Likely”, enter #662# in the keypad of the Phone app of your iPhone or Android. Next, tap the phone icon to make the call, just like you’re calling a real person.

dial #662# to block calls from scam likely

To make sure you’ve blocked phone calls from “Scam Likely”, you can dial #787# in the keypad of your iPhone or Android’s Phone app. And, if you ever want to turn off scam block, just dial #632# in the keypad of the Phone app.

Scam Block Codes For iPhone and Android
Turn On Scam Block #662#
Check If Scam Block Is On #787#
Turn Off Scam Block #632#

Block Scam Calls With Verizon

If you have a Verizon phone, Call & Message Blocking is a temporary add on service that lasts 90 days. Once those days have expired, you’ll have to renew it. You also can only block up to five numbers.

This is…not exactly great. You’re better off using your iPhone or Android phone’s built in blocking functions.

Block “Scam Likely” Calls With AT&T

AT&T has some great options for scam prevention so you don’t have to worry about “Scam Likely” calls. AT&T postpaid customers that own the HD Voice package can use AT&T’s free Call Protect feature. This allows users to benefits such as automatic fraud blocking and suspected spam warnings.

Block Calls On Sprint

Sprint Call Screener is a great feature that Sprint provides with a basic and a premium tier. The basic tier, called Call Screener Basic, provides minimal protection for the highest risk spam calls. Call Screener Plus, the premium version will protect you from lower risk calls.

Goodbye, Scammers!

Now you know what “Scam Likely” calls are and how to block them. We hope you’ll share this article on social media so your friends and family can also take a few moments to block the scammers who have been trying to call them. Thanks for reading this article, and remember to always Payette Forward.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Anonymous
6 years ago

Shoutout to First Orion Corp for being awesome and working hard to make this all possible!

CigArmor Tactical Humidors
6 years ago

Awesome…. after my 8th scam likely call in an hour, i searched for a solution & found this article…. WORKED On ALL OF MY LINES!!!

Thank you Payette Forward! SHARED!

Anonymous
6 years ago

I literally get 3 calls a day from “scam likely” numbers all over the states. THANK YOU FOR THIS !!!!

Anonymous
6 years ago

I hope this is not repetative, but I just activated this on my T-Mobile iPhone 6.
1: You must FIRST dial #787# to ‘enable’ the service
2: Dial #662# to ‘activate’ the service (or deactivate)
You received an on screen message immediately that expalins this, and was quite clear once I had the order correct.
I had tried to ‘Turn On’ first (with #662#), but received an error because I hadn’t enabled it yet (#787#).
It is easy, but I know some can be easily frustrated with technology.
Thank you David Lynch for the tip!

Anonymous
6 years ago

I have T mobile and it still get the error message

Anonymous
6 years ago

It worked for me, anyway theres a lawyer that will take scam likely to cort, its illegal what they are doing, they can be FINED $1,000 FOR EACH CALL

Anonymous
6 years ago

We have iPhone 8’s and T-Mobile. I get a “scam likely” call occasionally, but never answer them. My husband answered one the other day because he was waiting on a call from his doctor and worried he might miss it if it accidentally came in as “scam likely”. What a HUGE mistake. He went from getting the occasional “scam likely” call (maybe once a week) to getting at least 25 a day. It was absolutely ridiculous. He is so happy I found this article and the #662# code which seems to have worked like a charm!! Thank you so much!

Anonymous
6 years ago

This Is Also For Metro PCS As Well. IDK About the Others.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I have blocked the scam numbers but how long will they persist

Anonymous
6 years ago

I tried this and it read system failure. I have TMobile and an Iphone.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I get calls EVERY DAY from a number I do not recognize and when called, doesn’t do anything! I’ve blocked the number. Yet, it STILL CALLS ME every day! How is this possible? and how do I stop it?

Anonymous
6 years ago

now if we could just figure out how to block all those calls that come in with your same first 3 numbers, and the last four numbers changed just slightly…..all bs calls. Oh and the do not call list is a crock as well

Anonymous
6 years ago

Very helpful! Thanks!

Anonymous
6 years ago

It says those codes are for t mobie and metro pcs. I have metro pcs so dont understand the “system failure” thing. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see if my 10 SCAM LIKELY calls per day go away! Arrrrrrrrrgh!

Anonymous
6 years ago

I did this and it said “system failure” on both the #662# and the #787#. Is this what is supposed to happen?

Anonymous
6 years ago

how do i find phone history on my i phone?

Anonymous
6 years ago

Called T-Mobile to ask how not to get calls from scam likely … was told to turn on the do not disturb feature on my iPhone and allow only my favorites list … worked for me… at the very least I dont get phone calls every 10 minutes

Anonymous
6 years ago

Thanks it worked for me!

Anonymous
6 years ago

For those that didnt read the article and are commenting it does not work:
Note: Other wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Virgin Mobile, etc.) dont have these custom codes yet, but if they do create similar codes, well make sure to update this article!

Anonymous
6 years ago

OMG Works great. Thanks T-Mobile!!!!

Anonymous
6 years ago

THIS IS AWESOME …GOODBYE SCAM LIKELY YAYYYYY THANK YOU <3

Anonymous
6 years ago

It works for MetroPCS, thanks!

Anonymous
6 years ago

It’s not entirely clear WHERE I am to enter this code…the article says, “enter code in keyboard of the phone app” What app??? Is there a Scam Likely block app??? Or am I just typing it in on my keyboard as if I’m calling someone? Please help – i, like many of you, can get up to 15 calls/day

Anonymous
6 years ago

how long will it take once i dial in #662#?

Anonymous
6 years ago

David how do I block using an Android phone with Metro PCS service. I have received 5 calls from a 650 area code with scam likely notation they do not leave a message I have rejected and delete it however looking to you towards waves to block. Thanks for your effort and your info blessings,
Gigi

Anonymous
6 years ago

It worked as far as the phone saying so (MetroPCS), but not only did I get a scam call afterward, it also didn’t say “Scam Likely”, as it has for the past week.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I have an iphone 7 with T-Mobile service. I punched in the 662 code and got “your call cannot be completed as dialed. Does that mean the that the “Scam likely” calls are blocked or not? I tried 787 and got the same response.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Great job, T-Mobile!
Metro PCS uses the T-Mobile network, so it seems to work for Metro too.
Chances are, if you are “Riding on the T-Mobile Network”, you should be to do this.
Obviously there is no guarantee.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I hope it works,,, I get like 20-30 calles a day frm these people

Anonymous
6 years ago

Thanks very much

Anonymous
6 years ago

Worked like a charm. Finally some peace and quiet. Thank you!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Thank you so much

Anonymous
6 years ago

fantastic!

Anonymous
7 years ago

Thank you T-Mobile, block is now enabled.

Anonymous
7 years ago

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It worked like a charm

Anonymous
7 years ago

I have Tmobile and it doesn’t work. Says System failure

Anonymous
7 years ago

Just tried it again. Says request is processing please wait.

Anonymous
7 years ago

Tmobile customer here. #662# response is errorcode 1.

Anonymous
7 years ago

I’m a T-mobile carrier and it works just fine for T-mobile.

Anonymous
7 years ago

I have tmobile and it says error every time I put the code in.

Anonymous
7 years ago

This should answer all comments.. TMOBILE ONLY

Anonymous
7 years ago

I tried on my galaxi 6 and it didn’t work for me, i still receive a lot of calls from scam likely, i am really tired, they call me all the time about 10 to 15 times per day, i just goi go change my phone number, i use T movil

Anonymous
7 years ago

It works on my iPhone 7 with T-Mobile. Check with your phone company for sure.

Anonymous
7 years ago

It works great!

Anonymous
7 years ago

Thank you T-Mobile!!

Anonymous
7 years ago

Iphone 6Plus on AT&T, I tried all three codes and got “Error performing request. Unknown Error”

Anonymous
7 years ago

When I dial both numbers on Verizon I get message telling me call cannot be completed as dialed…. can u help

Anonymous
7 years ago

I got a recording on my IPhone 4s saying the number had been changed. Does it not work for 4s? I have Verizon.

Anonymous
7 years ago

I get this code on my iPhone 6s when tapping in the numbers suggested in your article: error performing request Unknown Error. I have At &T wireless service.

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