Dial +44 70 (UK number) for international online fraud

A few years ago I created the Scam-O-Matic (www.scamomatic.com), a website that every month has helped thousands of people worldwide by automatically diagnosing online fraud emails that people have submitted to it. Scamomatic.com recognizes fake lotteries, “dead customer” scams, “dying widow” scams and many other common formats from scammers from Nigeria that you may have seen in your inbox before. Even when it can’t pinpoint the exact type of scam, it often recognizes it as a generic scam format, largely thanks to the presence in the email of UK phone numbers that start with +44 70. These numbers are everywhere in Nigerian online scams, regardless of the precise scam format. The +44 70 prefix might as well be called the country code of Nigerian scammers.

If you receive any email that mentions any +4470 phone number, do not reply to it! You can submit the body of any suspicious email message to www.scamomatic.com for instant feedback about what kind of scam it might be.

These +4470 numbers are a gift to online scammers by British phone regulators. They are primarily owned by obscure British phone companies offering an anonymous call forwarding service. The economic model of these services is simple: The caller dials a rather expensive UK number and the UK service provider forwards the incoming call to a somewhat less expensive to call international number (for example a Nigerian mobile phone, which remains hidden from the caller), pocketing the difference between the call rates. For example, the caller might pay 50 cents per minute to call a +44 70 number and the call will then be forwarded to a Nigerian mobile phone that costs 25 cents per minute, leaving 25 cents per minute as a net margin for the service operator. The more successful the scammers are, the more money the phone company makes. Who ever said crime doesn’t pay?

These UK phone numbers are very attractive to scammers: When people can be made to believe that they are dealing with a bank, lawyer or government official in London, UK when they’re actually talking to a scammer on his cell phone in an Internet cafe in Lagos, Nigeria then they are much more easily defrauded by criminals.

As far as I can tell these numbers aren’t really being used for any other purpose than to enable international online crimes to be committed. In some nine years of tracking Nigerian scam emails, I have yet to come across a single legitimate user of a +44 70 number. I really don’t understand why the British government has allowed those services to continue to operate.

Now, of course the service operators can claim that they don’t know that their services are being used for criminal purposes unless someone tells them about it. On the other hand, they are not exactly making it easy to report abuse and the high prices of these services means that it’s unlikely that they’ll get much legitimate use, if any.

There are several ways to curb abuse, other than suspending +44 70 numbers altogether and I would encourage the UK government to seriously consider them:

  • The UK regulators could make it a requirement that calls via this service either originate in the UK or terminate in the UK, i.e. to prevent unrestricted global relaying, with say calls from India or the US being forwarded to Nigeria or Côte d’Ivoire.
  • The UK regulators could require service providers to announce the country name of the phone number to which the call is being forwarded if the destination number is not a UK number.
  • The UK regulators could require service providers to block forwarding to mobile phone numbers in certain countries, e.g. Nigeria

Below is a sample list of +44 70 numbers that appeared in Nigerian scams reported to Scam-O-Matic over the course of the last seven days. These roughly 60 phone numbers per day are only the tip of the iceberg:

+447005801505
+447005802020
+447005810692
+447005934945
+447005942459
+447005963237
+447005977097
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708 thoughts on “Dial +44 70 (UK number) for international online fraud

  1. “Dr Donald” (ahospital661@gmail.com) sent the following scam email from IP 223.227.109.50 in India:
    ====
    We are urgently in need of kidney donor in a very good health condition for the sum of $470,000,00 and we will take properly care of the donor doling the whole process, here you can contact us via email address: ahospital661@gmail.com or phone number-+919677345881 by name Dr Donald Moore.
    ====
    BEWARE, THIS IS A FRAUD!

  2. Do you know Helen Patrick with lawyer mr. Dallas?
    Mrs Patrick is in a hospital.
    She offered $2700000 to get from a Los Angeles bank OneWest.
    From her late husband.

  3. I have a friend on Facebook his name was Aurel boian his chat with me on wattsapp +447758158689 one day he tell me he send a gift for me after that I received a call from 918377866260 they want money from me because they said that in your parcel they find money my friend forced me send them money I send them sixteen lakh but there was no parcel I am sure that my friend is a partner of the scammers pls help me thankyou

  4. Arjsto Jager,

    That sounds exactly like the “Dying Widow” scam. You will be told that she has passed away (either by her fake lawyer or her fake doctor). Then there will be money to be paid for legal fees, inheritance taxes, etc. Since the fortune doesn’t even exist and it’s all fake, even if you send money, no money will ever be sent your way. It’s a scam.

  5. Hello Surinder,

    Yes, your Facebook “friend” is one of the scammers. You can report the scam to the police, though it’s unlikely they’ll investigate much. You can report the Facebook account of the scammer to Facebook so it will be shut down.

  6. Me llegó un correo electrónico que me ofrecen un trabajo para trabajar como marino en una empresa delta marine ltda con un sueldo de 4.000 libras mensuales y me solicitan mucha información mia
    Firmada por un señor Denis paine director de reclutamiento offshore
    No existe visible esta empresa y he tratado de llamar al +44 703 1980 669 y este teléfono es un fraude Dejo esto para aquel que pudiese caer en lo mismo este prevenido

    (Google Translate, JW:
    I received an email that offered me a job to work as a marine in a delta marine ltda company with a salary of 4,000 pounds a month and they ask me for a lot of information
    Signed by a Mr. Denis Paine director of offshore recruitment
    There is no visible this company and I have tried to call +44 703 1980 669 and this phone is a fraud I leave this to anyone who could fall prey to the same)

  7. This guy is from London City…+447729931724,name Tony Olive…when I talked to him it sound not like British..its look like an indian or negarian..if he do video call I can’t see him because he told me that it is not allowed in his country and he is only can see me..pls help me to confirm if he is belong to a scammer..

  8. Just this morning Feb.1,2018 at 10:40am I received a text message from +447839757876 giving # for my Facebook password reset code. I’m not familiar with this number that’s why I use google to help me identify this number. Beware of Scammer!!!

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