SOURCE: WhitePages

Whitepages

November 18, 2014 08:00 ET

Whitepages Reveals Top 10 Spam Area Codes

From Dallas to D.C., Spam Calls Hail From Major U.S. Cities, Not Just 800 Numbers

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2014) - Whitepages, the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., today announced the top 10 area codes used by spam callers, which come from the nation's major cities such as Houston and Dallas, Washington, D.C., Orlando and more. With the recent launch of its enhanced version of the Whitepages Caller ID app, the company reveals the area codes to avoid picking up the next time a mystery call appears on your mobile phone.

Whitepages offers the most advanced spam identification system on the market, based on real-time analysis of billions of calls, texts, and phone lookups from Whitepages' 50 million users. On the Caller ID app, consumers can now see a spam score, number of reports and comments from the Whitepages community for incoming calls identified as suspected spam.

"Spam calls are more than just an annoyance -- they often represent illegal scams that cost US citizens billions of dollars every year," said Bret Moore, vice president of products at Whitepages. "Many people fall victim to these phone scams because they are calls from area codes familiar to them, often seemingly from their backyards. We're on a mission to help consumers dodge those calls entirely."

In looking for patterns that identify potential spammers or scammers, Whitepages analyzes more than 2.5 billion calls and texts every month. In the three years since Whitepages launched its spam tracking system, its users have reported more than 10 million numbers.

Other than toll free numbers such as 800, 866, 877, 888, and 855, Whitepages reports the top 10 area codes Americans are receiving as spam:

1. 313 - Detroit
2. 713 - Houston
3. 954 - Fort Lauderdale
4. 404 - Atlanta
5. 484 - Eastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania
6. 407 - Orlando
7. 214 - Dallas
9. 202 - Washington, D.C.
9. 972 - Dallas
10. 205 - Birmingham

Download the Whitepages Caller ID app from Google Play, or for more information on Whitepages apps please visit: www.whitepages.com/mobile.

About Whitepages
Whitepages is the leading source for contact information in North America and is at the forefront of developing services that help people find, understand and verify personal and business identities in an ever-changing digital world. Whitepages is committed to empowering users with control, safeguarding the accuracy and authenticity of digital identities, and advancing transparency. With over 50 million unique monthly users, Whitepages offers access to more than 200 million personal and business identities and provides users with the ability to control their own. Whitepages also operates Whitepages PRO, an API and web-based service which helps businesses verify the identities of their customers. To learn more, visit http://www.whitepages.com.