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516 Area Code - Location, Time Zone. Toll Free? Scam? Who's Calling?

Rachel Steinford
Rachel Steinford
State New York
Timezone Eastern Time (ET)
Is Area Code 516 Toll Free? No
Major Cities Brentwood, Hempstead, Levittown, Freeport, Hicksville, Valley Stream, East Meadow, Elmont, Long Beach, Franklin Square

It is quite alarming to receive a call from unfamiliar number and area code. We asked ourselves why are they calling? who could the caller be? and how did they get my number? Area code 516 is a unique area code that is widely used in North America. And to know more about this area code, we discussed some of the most commonly asked questions below.

What is area code 516 and where is it coming from?

Area code is a three-digit number code created to represent a certain location. One of the area codes created and was officially put into service in 1951 was area code 516. This area code covers the U.S. state of New York. The said number code was created from a split of area code 914. In 1998 the area code 516 was estimated to get experience exhaustion so it was split to form area code 631.

The area code 516 is located in Eastern timezone and is serving major cities and communities like Baldwin, Bayville, Bellmore, Bethpage, Cedarhurst, East Meadow, Elmont, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Hewlett, Hicksville, Inwood, Jericho, Levittown, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Massapequa, Merrick, Mineola, North Bellmore, Oceanside, Plainview, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Seaford, Syosett, Uniondale, Valley Stream, Wantagh, Westbury, Woodbury, Woodmere and more.

Is area code 516 a scam?

Since are code 516 has been largely in used in the state of New York, there's a great possibility that it could be associated to scammers. There are a lot of 518 users in the state where it is serving that is why the said area code is vulnerable to scammers. Some of these scammers will claim that they are from a certain company and will ask your personal information.

If this will happen to you, do not give in to their tricks. If ever they will mention a company or business name, run a quick search on the internet to validate the information. If you don't find any information about them, it's a red flag that you need to drop the call immediately and block the number because it's a scam.

How do I block calls originating from area code 516?

To avoid receiving unwanted calls, you can block the number by following the steps given below:


  • Open recent call logs
  • Click the encircled "i" after the number
  • Tap on "block this caller"


  • Go to your recent call logs
  • Tap on "details"
  • Tap on "block number"

Is area code 516 toll free?

Area code 516 is apparently not a toll free number. Both local and international calls performed with this code applies certain charge on your phone bill. Note that international calls or long distance call are much more expensive than local calls. Rates of these calls depend on the company that provides you with telecommunications services.

In conclusion

Never get easily trapped from callers that pretend to be a representative from a certain company. Always validate their identities by running a quick background check on the internet. Never share your information to anyone.


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