Seeing a new area code can be quite daunting especially with all the news of phone scams going on, things can get quite unnerving. This guide shall help you in learning more about area code 855 and show you what to do should you encounter a scammer.
Where did area code 855 come from?
Area code 855 is one of the toll free numbers by the Federal Communications Commission or FCC that are available for use within the United States and Canada as per the North America Numbering Plan or NANP. 855 is one of the toll free area codes the others being 800, 833, 844, 866, 877, and 888. These are customer service lines used by businesses and establishments wherein the charge would be placed on the recipient of the call instead of the caller.
Area code 855 in particular was put into service on the 29th of July 2000. Like all other toll free numbers it is a non geographic area code meaning it doesn't belong to any particular state.
How do I get my own 855 toll free number?
Getting your own toll free number for your business may just be a good way to build rapport amongst your customers and establish yourself as a business. As previously mentioned toll free numbers don't charge the caller making it more cost efficient and worry free for your customers no matter where they're from.
The FCC or Federal Communications Commission is responsible for regulating toll free numbers. A RespOrgs or Responsible Organizations are in charge of filtering the area codes that can still be obtained, most times through auction. If you're planning to get your own toll free area code you have to be prompt as they operate on a first come first serve basis.
How do I call a toll free number?
Since toll free numbers aren't too particular geography-wise we might think that we can use any of these area codes and mix and match them with the particular number, right? Well, not exactly. While they might all look alike these area codes are actually routed to different locations. So for example if you dial 1-800 and the given number and you dial in the same number but this time using 1-855, these would yield in different responses as they aren't from the same area.
Is area code 855 a scam?
Given today's online conveniences such as selecting and customizing your own number, there has been a rise in confidence scam tricks that lure people into thinking that a legitimate business is contacting them due to the toll free area code being used. These scammers pretend often to be banks and businesses that fish out personal information from unsuspecting people.
Don't fall victim to a scam. If somebody calls you up and claims to be from customer service of a bank, look up the business and its contact number. If it looks suspicious, hang up and block the number right away.
How to block unwanted 855 calls.
To block unwanted 855 calls, simply do the following:
For Android simply follow these steps;
- Go to Recent Calls
- Click Details
- Click Block Number
For iPhone users:
- Click the encircled i in your recent calls menu
- Click more information
- Click Block this number
Is Area Code 855 Toll-Free?
Yes it is. It is toll-free for a customer to call an 855 area code number in a country within the North American Numbering Plan. This includes US, Canada and 22 other countries.
Toll-Free Area Codes
As well as the 855 area code, the other toll-free area codes are 800, 833, 844, 866, 877 and 888. They are toll-free within the USA, Canada and all countries utilising the North American Numbering Plan. They are commonly associated with customer service lines for companies, but can be used by other parties.
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