Question: How does a spammer buy cell phone numbers?

How do spam callers get my number?

Most telemarketers purchase phone numbers from third party data providers. Heres how those providers may have gotten your number, according to the Better Business Bureau: You called an 800, 888, and/or 900 number (they use caller I.D. technology and collect phone numbers).

How do telemarketers get phone numbers?

For most people, the easiest way to get a phone number in the sights of telemarketers and have these sign someone up for spam calls is to call 800,888 or 900. When you do, your number is captured by the Automatic Number Identification system.

Never mind that its illegal. In the United States, telephone numbers are considered a public resource, which means they cant be sold, bartered or brokered.

Can you sell a 416 number?

Starting at $99, websites like 416numbers.com and VIP416numbers.com offer to sell phone numbers starting with 416. Vanity numbers, like 416-888-CHEF, could cost thousands. The man behind those websites, Georgios Pappas, told the Toronto Star he had sold 416 numbers for as much as $2,000.

Are 416 numbers valuable?

The last batch of phone numbers with a 416 area code were handed out in 2006, making the digits a hot commodity. Starting at $99, websites like 416numbers.com and VIP416numbers.com offer to sell phone numbers starting with 416. Vanity numbers, like 416-888-CHEF, could cost thousands.

Are all 416 numbers taken?

Glen Brown from the Canadian Numbering Association, is in charge of assigning numbers to carriers. He notes 416 numbers are no longer being handed out, but there are 2,010,000 647 area code numbers left to be assigned. As for 437 numbers, only 260,000 have been assigned since March 2013.

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