If you’re a T-Mobile user, chances are you’ve gotten one of these calls recently: “Scam Likely.”
So who is this elusive “Scam Likely” character? It’s all part of a new T-Mobile feature powered in part by our PrivacyStar data (a First Orion company). The feature, called Scam ID, flags known scam callers automatically so you know when not to pick up. Scam calls can cost Americans upwards of billions of dollars every year. With Scam ID, users are safeguarded from these potential threats with a simple glance at Caller ID.
While many people on Twitter might think #ScamLikely is a new Apple feature, this service is not limited to iPhone users. Scam ID works on Android phones as well, so you can grab the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and get the exact same protection on the T-Mobile network.
Subscribers can also opt into “Scam Block,” which uses PrivacyStar’s database to block known scammers from ever reaching a customer’s phone. When customers enable Scam Block, T-Mobile will stop scam calls before they even have the chance to ring. These protections are free, powered by patent-pending technology built right into the Un-carrier’s advanced network by FONES, which means scam blocking works on every single phone on T-Mobile’s network.
To activate these features, T-Mobile users can dial the following codes from their smartphone:
- #ONI# (#664#): Enables Scam ID
- #ONB# (#662#): Enables Scam Block
- #OFB# (#632#): Disables Scam Block
- #STS# (#787#): Check if Scam Block is Enabled
You can read more about Scam ID, Scam Block, and Name ID protection services here.