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
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+447005963237
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884 thoughts on “Dial +44 70 (UK number) for international online fraud

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  6. Somebody you only know online (you have not met in person) wants to send you something valuable, but first you need to make a payment to some third party? That’s the hallmark of a scam, with or without the +44 70 number!

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    girl will Cal n ask us u one have a parcel from UK u hav to pay customs clearance fee 35000k like dat her name is madan sanchinta Sharma
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  17. Hi
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  24. If you’re asked to apply for a UK visa or work permit, that would always be done via the UK embassy in your country. If you are being asked to send money to the UK, then it’s definitely a scam.

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  37. This number. He says his name is Brian and he’s British and is a production engineer working on a submarine off the coast of Scotland. He has a british accent. I can’t figure out if he’s a scammer or not. He found me on Instagram and called me on Whats app. Number is +447440521612

  38. hello, can you please check this number if legit? +447537189214. he said is in need of au pair and willing to sponsor me to get in to UK and said it is his whatsapp number with the name “d primus woods”. hope to hear from you asap. thank you so much

  39. Can help me with this number +44 20 3504 0846…actually three days back I got a call from this number i didn’t pick up. Again I got a call and answered a man asking whether he is talking to me Or not I don’t know how he know my name. Today also I got a missed call from this number.. Can you please help if it is a scam or not?

  40. Pls look into this phone no.447387216283 is it scammer no.or else

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