We all get a lot of calls from numbers that we don't recognize. Most simply don't answer. However, if you receive a call from one of these area codes, you definitely don't want to answer the phone.

How many times a week do you think that you get a scam call on your phone? There is always someone out there trying to trick you into giving them some money. These scammers have gotten very creative throughout the years. While there are countless ways in which people can scam you out of money. It's hard to not only keep up with them, but it has gotten even harder to decipher what is legit and what is a scam.

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There's a long list of ways people will try to scam you over the phone. Over the years, scammers have gotten really good at tricking people. They are able to alter the information that you see on your phone when a call comes in. This technique, known as "spoofing," is the reason that some unsuspecting individuals fall victim to common scams. Most phone providers will give you a heads-up when you are getting a call from a suspected scammer by displaying "Scam Likely" underneath the number when you receive a call. Even then, that doesn't mean that it can detect all scam calls. So what's something that you can look out for to help identify scammers?


Don't Answer Calls From These Area Codes!

While it's hard to identify sometimes if a call you receive is a scam call, the good news is that scams operate in many known area codes, so you can avoid being the next victim simply by watching for known scam area codes. Go Banking Rates listed a handful of area codes that Hoosiers should absolutely not answer when they receive a call. Here are 19 area codes you should never answer if you don’t know who’s on the other end of the line, according to Go Banking Rates:

<ul><li><strong>216 </strong>is the area code for Cleveland, Ohio.</li><li><strong>232</strong> is the area code for Sierra Leone.</li><li><strong>268 </strong>is the area code for Antigua and Barbuda.</li><li><strong>284 </strong>is the area code for the British Virgin Islands.</li><li><strong>332 </strong>is an area code for New York City. </li><li><strong>347</strong> is an area code for New York City. </li><li><strong>469</strong> is the area code for Dallas, Texas.</li><li><strong>473</strong> is the area code for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.</li><li><strong>649</strong> is the area code for the Turks and Caicos Islands.</li><li><strong>646</strong> is the area code for Manhattan. </li><li><strong>657</strong> is the area code for La Palma, California. </li><li><strong>664</strong> is the area code for Montserrat. </li><li><strong>712</strong> is the area code for Western Iowa. </li><li><strong>218</strong> is an area code for northern Minnesota.</li><li><strong>767</strong> is the area code for the Commonwealth of Dominica.</li><li><strong>809, 829, 849</strong> are area codes associated with the Dominican Republic. </li><li><strong>876</strong> is the area code for Jamaica. </li></ul>

Now that you know that piece of information, keep it handy the next time you get a call from a number that you don't recognize. If you're getting way too many scam calls, click here to find out how to make them stop.

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