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What is the zip code 00100?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (18836points) April 25th, 2016

Is one zip for Canada? What are the numbers of 00000 to 00100? I thought that it was for zip codes out of America. EDIT also can you list some famous zip or postal codes. Like 90210 Beverly Hills and H0H0H0 (Santa for Canada )

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Brian1946's avatar

According to this, no area in the USA has that zip code.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Thanks. I only know 90210. And H0H-0H0

CWOTUS's avatar

If you want to have some fun looking up ZIP codes (it’s ZIP for Zone Improvement Code), you could play with this.

And it’s a USPS thing, so it has zero application to Canadian addresses.

JLeslie's avatar

Not a zipcode, but I’d say the area code 212 in America is famous. It’s the original 3 digit area code for NYC. Supposedly, people sell their 212 numbers. I don’t know if that’s true. My aunt has one. Carolina Herrera named a perfume 212.

CWOTUS's avatar

Missed edit: Zone Improvement Postal

dxs's avatar

I googled 00100 zip code and got Helsinki Finland

zenvelo's avatar

Sudbury Massachusetts is 01776. When zip codes wee being assigned, towns in that area were fighting bitterly over who would get that number.

JLeslie's avatar

^^I never knew that story. That’s of course a great zip code to have in the US.

For the jellies who don’t know 1776 was the US’ 200 year anniversary, or better known as our bicentennial.

JLeslie's avatar

Edit: not enough time to correct my mistake! 1776 is the year of the US independence.

I hope someone flipping fixes edit to allow 10 minutes I’m so sick of it.

1976 would be the 200 year anniversary.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

This is an unassigned International Dialing Code that has been used by scam artists since about 2012 for calls into Canada and the UK. The origins have been traced by British Telecom to Malaysia. If you see this come up on your phone, do not answer the call or accept any text messages, or you may find an outrageous charge in your next phone bill.

Here is a discussion board about 00100

Here is another

JLeslie's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus Why would the person receiving the call get an outrageous charge? Isn’t it the caller who pays?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@JLeslie I don’t know how it is done. It’s some sort of scam. It was one of the things the people on the discussion boards were complaining about.

CWOTUS's avatar

“Back in the day” it referred to a way to leave a message for a callback. The callback number was a pay-per-call number (which was fraudulently and illegally not announced to the caller), and then they would hold the caller on the phone using various pretexts. Since the thing was already a scam, and it was not “part of” the phone company, the telephone company acted as the billing agent for the caller, and diligently collected the fees from their own subscribers. The per-minute call rates were also astronomical, which was permitted by the rules of the country where they set up shop.

It was actually pretty ingenious in the way that the scammers enlisted the phone company’s own rules to force people to pay fraudulent bills.

janbb's avatar

@CWOTUS But what money would the scammers get from that?

flip86's avatar

I think ZIP codes should be retired. They are completely pointless. Seriously, think about it. You put your state, your city, your street and your house or apartment number. Then you add some arbitrary 5 digit number. What the hell? What determines that number? How does that number help? I don’t get it. Some cities have multiple ZIP codes. How do you know which ZIP to use. My city has 2 ZIP codes but I use the same ZIP all the time. I’ve lived all over the city and I still receive my mail. The second ZIP is even more useless than the first.

dxs's avatar

@flip86 ZIP codes are more specific. For instance, there are many ZIP codes in what is actually considered “Boston.” Where I used to live, you had to put the specific area of Boston that I lived, or else my address would be ambiguous. Why? There was another identical address in another area. Say my address was 500 Washington St, South End. There may be a 500 Washington St in Roxbury as well, which is actually technically Boston. One who isn’t familiar with the area might put “500 Washington St, Boston.” Then what? Well, the ZIP code could be one deciding factor on where it actually gets mailed to. My name wouldn’t help solve the mystery because I wasn’t registered as a resident of that location.

I’m no mailman, but I believe the ZIP code system is also easier for USPS workers.

zenvelo's avatar

@flip86 But I bet you your mail takes a couple days longer to get to you. The zip code routes your letter or package to the right substation to get it to the carrier who has your street on their street.

My family once got a letter promptly delivered from Jordan with only street address, USA and the zip code, no town or state.

JLeslie's avatar

@flip86 The zip code is more important than the state. Mail is first sorted by zip code. The post office even added an extension of 4 digits to the regular 5 digit code to make sorting easier and faster.

CWOTUS's avatar

@janbb, as far as the phone company is concerned, it’s just a typical “pay-per-call” number, like any number of “legitimate” (I use the word advisedly) phone sex operations that have been around for decades: “Our girls are just aching to hear from you…” and so forth. The phone company collects the per-minute tolls that are billed to callers, and dutifully remits it to the phone bank operator, no questions asked. That’s a real business model for which the phone company is (or has been) a hands-off middleman. I really don’t “know” this, except for what I’ve read about it from time to time.

They don’t condone or share directly in the operator’s profit; they’re just the common carrier for the “business intercourse”, and this scam is operated the same way: The phone company has nothing to do with the business, but enables it, then collects from callers according to the established tolls, and remits payments to the operator.

flip86's avatar

@zenvelo @JLeslie I’ll concede that the ZIP code isn’t completely useless. However, the system that the USPS uses to sort mail can read your entire address with or without the ZIP and assign the ZIP code itself and sort it within a fraction of a second. There is no need for you to put it on your letter or package and omitting it doesn’t cause a delay. A delay would only happen if part of your address was omitted, such as city and state, or if your address was illegible.

So, while the machine does need a database of these codes for sorting purposes, the machine is the only thing that needs these codes.

Stinley's avatar

I like the UK postcode. If you have it and the house number then the actual address can be found. Try it with this random pizza place : E17 4JF, 807

Love_my_doggie's avatar

^^^ I believe that “E” signifies the London area’s East postal district. Beyond that, I’m afraid I’m lost.

JLeslie's avatar

@flip86 As long as my mom isn’t addressing it, you should get the letter without the zip. If my mom’s chicken scratch is being relied upon, you take a chance.

imrainmaker's avatar

@stinley – it might be good to find the address but hard to remember.

Stinley's avatar

@imrainmaker it’s really good for putting into a satnav. Should take you straight there to the door

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