Area Code 256 Explained
Where is Area Code 256?
Alabama’s area code 256 is in the northwestern part of the state. The covered area runs along the state’s northern border and cuts through the state’s center on the eastern side. Huntsville, Florence, Madison, Anniston, Elkmont, Etowah, Hartselle, Stevenson, Athens, Fort Payne, Addison, Alexander City, Cherokee, Talladega, Jacksonville, Albertville, Gadsden, Scottsboro, and Decatur are among the major cities covered by area code 256, which all operate in the same time zone, central time.
This area code was created in March 1998 when area code 205 was split. It encompasses 23 counties in northeastern Alabama, including Cullman, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Madison County, Calhoun County, Tallapoosa, Winston, and others, and has a population of over 1.3 million people. The North American Numbering Plan (NANP), which spans 20 countries, includes area code 256. AT&T created the NANP to unify the various telephone numbering plans that were in use at the time. In October of 1947, the plan went into effect.
Area Code 256 Overlays
There is only one overlay in Area Code 256. Area code 938 was established on July 10, 2010, to provide additional capacity for the North Alabama service area. Currently, the new area code sits on top of area code 256. You’ll need the three-digit NPA, then the NXX or central office code, then a four-digit number to call.
Area Code 256 Scams
Robocalls and spoof calls are among the scams reported from area code 256. Robocalls were frequently reported by residents in the 256 area code. The volume of calls can vary depending on the season. Robocalls are automated phone calls made by software that dials hundreds or thousands of phone numbers without having to speak to a live person.
When someone answers the phone, a pre-recorded message plays, or if no one answers, it is left on voicemail. The message frequently instructs the recipient to dial a phone number to speak with a live agent or learn more about a product or service.
After interacting with a robocall, many people end up on spam phone call lists. As a result, the consumer receives a barrage of unwanted incoming phone calls from businesses or individuals attempting to sell them something.
Robocalls are sometimes spoofed calls that display a local number on the caller ID screen despite the fact that the call was not made from the local area. Next, we’ll discuss caller ID spoofing in area code 256.
Spoofing has also been used to deceive consumers into believing they were receiving calls from legitimate phone numbers with 256 area codes. They couldn’t figure out why local calls on a cellphone would come up as “out of the area.”
The phone numbers were likely considered “out of area” because they were placed outside of the 256 area, according to further investigation. It was discovered that someone was tampering with caller ID data using spoofing technology.
Marketers and potential scammers can use spoofing technology to make calls from one phone number while the receiver’s caller ID shows a different number. The goal is to make people who receive the calls believe the call is coming from a reliable local number. In reality, the caller is calling from a location outside of the local area.
Many telecommunication companies now consider calls spam if the phone number of origin and the area code displayed on the caller ID is mismatched. If you’re interested in learning more about If you ever think a call is spam, make sure to get it checked by local authorities before picking it up.
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