760 area code phone numbers have been appearing on caller ID screens more and more often, and many people are wondering what the origin of the 760 area code is, whether it’s a toll-free number, and who’s calling them when they see that number flash across their screen. So what is the 760 area code, anyway? Let’s take a look at the history of this area code so you can be prepared if you ever see that seven-zero-six on your caller ID.
760 area code history:
The 760 area code covers northeast Los Angeles County and most of western San Bernardino County. It was split off from 213 in 1997 and includes Chino Hills, Chino, Diamond Bar, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, and Rancho Cucamonga. The area is home to Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp., and T-Mobile US Inc.
It’s also where you’ll find more than a dozen federal and state prisons, including Pelican Bay State Prison—home to some of California’s worst convicted criminals. For example, Manson follower Leslie Van Houten was transferred there after spending years at Corona’s Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Alleged Long Island serial killer Robert Shulman, who confessed to killing 10 women before he disappeared and was never seen again by his family, lived in an apartment in Chino Hills while living under an assumed name before his arrest; he committed suicide behind bars in 2002.
What is the 760 area code?
The 760 area code is a California telephone area code that covers portions of Southern California including San Diego County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County. Due to overlaps in coverage with other area codes, some numbers using 760 are in different time zones. The UTC−8 portion of 760 was one of California’s original three area codes from 1947 until 1991.
However, by 1992 all numbers were moved to either 619 or 858. The area code went back into service as an overlay during 2002; under current projections, it will not run out of phone numbers until 2042. However, many businesses still list those same numbers under 213 (Los Angeles) and 310 (Long Beach).
Under federal law, specific geographic area codes may not be used as a basis for telemarketing campaigns because they may result in misdirected calls [that] represent potential consumer fraud. In particular, consumers may believe they have won or qualified for something when actually they did nothing at all to win and qualify.
What time zone does area code 760 follow?
If you happen to be one of those folks who lives in area code 760, you may have noticed that most of your friends and family are on a different time schedule than you. Area code 760 is what is known as a split time zone—that means that it follows both Pacific Standard Time (PST) and Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
This is because 760 covers a very large geographic area. So if you live near Palm Springs or Barstow, for example, you might be on PDT; but if you live near San Diego or Los Angeles, then you would still be considered part of PST. The largest cities located within area code 760 include Santa Barbara, LA; Las Vegas, NV; Riverside, CA; and San Diego, CA. The smallest city is probably Baker, located just over 100 miles away from Palm Springs at an elevation of 587 feet above sea level. Baker has less than 1,000 residents and sits in Nevada’s Mohave County.
Why did I get a call from the 760 area code?
760 is a California area code. Sometimes, it will be a legitimate call coming from another part of California; other times it will be an area code spoofed by telemarketers in India or West Africa. If you aren’t expecting someone from California to call you and you don’t answer anyway, you are unlikely to find out what it was about. But if you do answer, keep your greeting short and ask for any clarifying questions at that time. You can explain your work schedule and tell them to have their supervisor call during business hours, then politely hang up. Or just not pick up on a robocall like that if they leave no message.
What calls does 760 cover?
760 can be a San Diego area code or an international calling code. If it is a scammer calling from 760, they will likely use a VoIP service (app) to call you at low rates. If it is a legitimate business calling you from 760, they are most likely based in California or Nevada as this is where numbers start with 760. Additionally, according to NANPA, if you receive calls from 760 and do not know who is calling you should think about using Phone Verification for incoming calls.
If you are looking for a new telephone number to try in California or Nevada, keep 760 in mind. Many businesses choose these area codes to represent California because it represents innovation, changes, and opportunity—though not everyone agrees about California changing so much… If you are interested in finding out if someone calling you has registered for a legitimate phone number starting with 760 check out Phone Verification.
Area code 760 location map:
The 760 area code covers cities in Riverside County including Banning, Blythe, and Anza. It also extends into northern San Diego County to cover communities such as El Cajon and Jamul. This area code is located on a section of California nicknamed The Inland Empire because it borders Arizona. With its wide array of palm trees, natural beauty, and mild weather (during summer at least), you might be wondering why those from The Valley would have ever left? Southern Californians looking for more space moved inland decades ago. Today some are returning—but not for long!
What regions could a 760 call come from?
Those living in California and Nevada (along with some other small pockets of land) should receive calls from a 760 area code. Otherwise, it is possible to get a call from a 760 area code when someone outside of these regions places an international call to your telephone number—although very rare, as most people don’t know how to dial internationally.
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