I was afraid the thief would notice if I had Portland’s 503 area code,” Gillum told Digital Trends in an email. “I was planning on buying a pre-paid cell phone, registering it with a Seattle zip code. Phone companies assign area codes according to the address you register it with. I actually was on my way to buy a phone, and my friend texted me to tell me I could do it for $1.99 on my iPhone. It was my friend’s idea to use Burner. “Burner lets the user pick any area code. I chose Seattle’s 206, and it assigned me the rest of the numbers. From that point, all of my texts and phone calls appeared to come from Seattle. The guy had no clue what was coming down.
Burner: meting out justice since 2012.