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Is Area Code 289 A Scam?

I turned on my mobile phone today and received some text message saying "Call me ok" from a number in area code 289. Supposedly it is within Ontario but I have no idea whose number this is and I am wondering if it could be one of those lines that charges you hundreds of dollars per minute.
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It's Oakville. You're not that bright if you don't even know how to lookup an area code.
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ItemFinder wrote:
Aug 26th, 2007 11:00 am
It's Oakville. You're not that bright if you don't even know how to lookup an area code.
The link in my original post does show that Oakville is one of the places that uses this area code, but does that completely rule out that it is not some kind of phone usage scam?
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Use a payphone if you're that freaked out.
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I believe 289 is the alternative to 905, just like 647 was to 416.
Our work cell phones had 289 area codes.
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it is an overlay new area code.

Overlay means they are running out of numbers in 905. Rather than geographically splitting 905 into two area codes (like they did when they created 905 out of what was 416) they simply overlay the new area code over the same boundaries as the existing 905 area code.

For the moment area code 289 seems to be primarily cellular.
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289 is to 905 what 647 is to 416. Would you have the same concern with a 647 number?
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maybe someone just sent the text message to your number by accident...i got a few text messages a while ago from some guy who thought he was sending to his girlfriend...we had some nice laughs in class
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TapemanPL wrote:
Aug 26th, 2007 2:08 pm
maybe someone just sent the text message to your number by accident...i got a few text messages a while ago from some guy who thought he was sending to his girlfriend...we had some nice laughs in class
Yeah that must have been it. I phoned it and ended up waking up some poor woman who had no recollection of contacting me.
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Jucius Maximus wrote:
Aug 26th, 2007 2:24 pm
Yeah that must have been it. I phoned it and ended up waking up some poor woman who had no recollection of contacting me.
That would be great if we see a thread pop up stating:
"Someone just called me and said I called them - Is this a scam?"

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just don't call... if they really need you they can call you back... if it's someone you know then, well, i guess you'd have a name attached to the number :)

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