The 866 area code is not tied to any cities, since it’s a toll-free area code.
Toll-free area codes are part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP)in the U.S., Canada, and most Caribbean nations. There are currently seven toll-free area codes active at the moment. They are:
In the late 60s toll-free codes were introduced to allow customers of national and international corporations to call them without having to pay long-distance fees.
Beware of 876!
The toll-free code 866 is real, but 876 is the area code of Jamaica. Phone scams are a big problem on this island nation and you might find yourself getting a call from a 1–876 number and think nothing of it.
The Jamaican Lottery scam is the most common scam that comes out of the island. The scammers like to target senior citizens with it.
Fat Finger Dialing
Make sure to double check toll-free numbers when dialing them. It’s not hard or illegal to purchase a toll-free number and scammers buy toll-free numbers that are just a digit off from actual trustworthy toll-free numbers.
Like an angler fish the scammers will wait for someone to misdial the toll-free number. They’ll then phish for information, like credit card numbers and addresses.
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