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861 Area Code - Location, time Zone. Toll Free? Scam? Who's Calling?

State Illinois
Timezone Central Time (CT)
Is Area Code 861 Toll Free? No
Major Cities Chicago

Calls coming from an unfamiliar area code can be very alarming. Is the call that important to answer? Where is the call coming from? Is the call connected with some scammers? These questions are just one of the most commonly asked about the area codes. Provided below are information that might help answer your concerns with area code 861.

What is area code 861 and in what area could the call be from?

Area code 861 has been assigned as a General Purpose area code and is assigned to a geographic area which is the U.S. state of Illinois, and is located within the Central Time zone. It has not been assigned for use by the North American Numbering Plan (NANPA).

Any numbers starting 861-xxx-xxx does not exist. If you receive a call from any starting 861 numbers, the call could be coming from scammers.

Are calls that coming from area code 861 a scam?

Since a large three digit numbers are actually being utilized across North America, it is possible that scammers are using a number starting with 861. The call could look like it is coming somewhere in the United States but actually coming internationally. These types of calls could charge you a fee and the cost could be pricey, since it is an international call.

It is better to not answer a call if you do not recognize where it is coming from. You can look up on the internet to see where it is originated, or you can immediately block the caller from your phone.

How do I block the calls coming from area code 861?

If you wish to never receive unnecessary calls that comes from area code 861, here's how:

Android users

  • Open your recent call logs and find the number you want to block
  • Click "details", then tap "block number"

iPhone users

  • Visit your recent call logs, then click the "i" next to the number you want to block
  • Scroll down to the bottom to see "block this caller" and click it

Is area code 861 toll free?

No, area code 861 is not toll free. However, the area code is not been assigned for use by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator. Calls coming from this area code could be associated with scammers. Area code 861 is use as a General Purpose area code in a geographic area, but not as a telephone area code.


It is important to note that area codes that are not assigned for use by NANPA are unreachable with calls or text messages. Also, never answer a call if you do not recognize where it is coming from, for the call might be a spam call.



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