“Potential Spam” Call On iPhone? Here’s What It Really Means!

You just received a strange call on your iPhone and you’re not sure why. When you picked up your iPhone after hearing it ring, it said “Potential Spam” in the caller ID. In this article, I’ll tell you what a “Potential Spam” call is on your iPhone and explain why it’s showing up on caller ID!

What Is A “Potential Spam” Call On iPhone?

A “Potential Spam” call is a that Verizon Wireless has flagged using call screening software. “Potential Spam” calls are typically from telemarketers or other nefarious callers who are trying to scam you and take your money.

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Currently, Verizon is the only major carrier that labels potentially nefarious callers as “Potential Spam”. Other carriers have implemented a similar call screening software that sometimes labels spam callers as “Scam Likely”.

Why Do I Have Missed Calls From “Potential Spam”?

If you declined or missed one of these spam calls, you’ll still see “Potential Spam” in your list of recent calls in the iPhone Phone app. Open the Phone app and tap on the Recents tab to see if you’ve received a “Potential Spam” call lately!

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Androids Can Get Spam Calls Too!

If your friends or family have an Android phone, they may get a “Potential Spam” call too! In fact, any Android device with the Caller ID version 6.1.2 or later and the operating system Nougat or later can flag calls as “Potential Spam”. These calls could also be flagged as “Spam Caller”.

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Can’t I Just Block All Of These Calls?

Although there currently isn’t a way to block calls from “Potential Spam”, Verizon does have some excellent spam detection tools. If eliminating spam calls and texts is important to you, you may want to consider switching to a Verizon cell phone plan.

Earlier in this article, I mentioned that other carriers like T-Mobile sometimes flag nefarious calls as “Scam Likely”. If you do receive calls from “Scam Likely”, you can block them entirely!

Clearing Out The Spam

I hope this article cleared up any confusion you had about the “Potential Spam” calls you’ve been receiving. Leave a comment down below if you’ve noticed any other strange caller IDs on your iPhone — we’d love to hear about your experience!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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A legitimate doctor’s phone number is now listed as Potential Spam. How do I remove this erroneous label?

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I am tired with all these scam call is there a way Verizon can stop them

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Thanks for the information,I am getting call from all over the nation,I just block them,but the potential spam are very frequent.Thanks for the help.

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So when I went in to make sure my Visa information was updated, I got a message saying “This payment method can’t be used with the iTunes Store. Try again using another payment method.” WTH?

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What about businesses being flagged because of a false positive on your part??!!

Penny
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Penny

I recently got an iPhone 8 and love it, but the problem is that I’m getting those ‘ potential spam ‘ calls that turn out to be employment calls. Any suggestions ?

SAK
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Any answers on this one? I’m currently interviewing and think I might have some calls labeled “Possible Scam”. That could have been my call back? Not sure this is a good thing?

Margie Castelow
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I have a android…i work 3rd shift and get these calls back to back all day and night..
You said earlier to get a verizon plan i have had one for years…and i think a person pays enough for a phone and a phone bill that verizon should take care of this immediately
Thank you for listening

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wtf, iphone on “silence non contacts”, fricking phone rings, display sows “Potential Spam call”. How can this non contact Not be silenced? Did Verizon add a feature to undo this. Aholes!

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I just just pick up my phone to a potential spam. When my phone rang it didn’t say potential spam once I pick it up no one answered so I hung up that when it said potential spam . I’ve been getting potential spam everyday and when it a potential spam it say it but today it didn’t that how they got me to pick up the phone.how r they able to get u for ur money? Thank u I was always wondering what was a potential spam .again how r they able to get u for ur money? Thank… Read more »

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How can we get numbers added to the list?

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Were you able to find something that works? I’m trying to disable ads on a post.

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Or-more Moje I haven’t yet. All the other search results that came up were just other people seeking an answer, usually via Google’s own forums.

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Interesting. It worked for me.

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David Lynch Where on the post edit page does the Adsense Plugin option come up? I can’t find it 🙁