Good morning, Mr. Likely

The cell phone rings — not so common an occurrence on a Sunday, as was the case with this particular call — and the Caller ID crawl reads: “Scam Likely 1-215-399-9855.” This number apparently belongs to a sketchy carpet cleaner near Philadelphia which would clearly have no reason to call me here. Apparently this is T-Mobile’s way of telling me these guys are indeed sketchy:

With Scam ID you’ll instantly see when calls come in from known scammers. Only T-Mobile has built this protection right into the network, and it will work automatically on all phones with Caller ID. There’s nothing to install and Scam ID is included in all postpaid plans at no additional charge.

Now if only the landline providers could be persuaded to do the same. (The same weasels later dialed in on my landline, identified as “Private Call.”)


  1. Holly H »

    13 March 2018 · 10:09 am

    “Why is this Scam Likely person trying to stalk me?” (as per Gilda Radner)

    But yeah, it’s working pretty well for me, so far.

  2. fillyjonk »

    13 March 2018 · 10:18 am

    The unfortunate thing about caller ID is that a few people I know who are cell-phone-only come up as “Wireless Phone” (instead of their names) and I wind up ignoring the call because I’ve picked up too many times only to find it’s a “survey” or that wench Rachel from Cardholder Services.

    (I don’t know if there is a way on a landline phone to manually input something like “HEY THIS IS MODRA” that would come up with her number instead of WIRELESS PHONE)

  3. McGehee »

    13 March 2018 · 11:45 am

    It’s been over a decade since I’ve had a landline so I don’t know if such a thing is available, but a personal phonebook feature in the landline Caller ID system would make a lot of sense, so users could pre-identify known callers.

    Cellphone caller ID leaves a lot to be desired, but at least even stupidphones have a phonebook utility built in.

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