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

  1. JJ, you asked:
    > Hi! What if the number that starts with +4470 redirected you
    > to a person in UK? Is it still a scam

    The whole point of +4470 numbers is that you can reach someone under a UK
    number who is not in the UK.

    For example, if they were using a UK geographic number such as a +44 20x
    London number, they could directly give you that number to call and it would
    be cheaper for you.

    In the 14 years that I’ve been dealing with online fraud I only heard of a
    single case of a legitimate users of a +44 70 number and that particular
    user did not claim to be in the UK.

    So as a rule of thumb, if someone uses a +4470 number and claims to be in
    the UK, you can assume it to be a scam.

  2. Dears,
    My friend also received a email from some gmail account for a Job in UK. and this email mention this phone number +44 70 42071980

  3. Hi,
    I have got an email from named “Justice Godson” who is expressed himself as a Recruitment agent. He shared a number +447031954292. I would like to know is this number fake?

  4. I have also received a request by email to contact +44703191802. I believe it is the same scammer that previously tried to get money out of me under an obviously stolen false identity…and he is still posing as Chris Bar, a Vet Doctor from Atlanta GA…visiting UK

  5. can you tel this following number whos this ?

    +44 20 3322 2158

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  7. Hi,
    I belongs to very poor family .A person sent me a text that he is from UK PEPSI COMPANYand want to help by sending some money I felt happy to know that someone is going to help .than he asked for money first .he said send me GBPs200 in return I’ll send you 50.00.00.00 Great British Pounds. I sent him the amonyt but he didn’t sent me back . now my marriage has been canceled due to lake of money .He cheated me God will ask him about Thi fruad in sha Allah

  8. +447024033055 is this numver from uk he said he was livung innhoustin texas i dial the number its MTN number he was engineer in oil and gas company

  9. Hi :
    Can you help me to found this
    number44 7415 072996 is it real.I want to buy medical for this company.

  10. +44 7752 750699 it is a scammer. Pretend work as oil n gas lead consulting engineer at ramboll and stay at bedford uk. Wanted to send gifts to cyberfriend even just knowing less than a mth where at the end ask the victim to pay few hundred dollars tax for the air courier when the parcel reaching the victim’s country. They use fake fb with fake pict. You can ask for the audio call and you can hear a Nigerian voice and slang. Try to do facetime, definitely he wont as the pict in fb differ fr actual

  11. Hello, Joe…I need your help…..I found this page and i decided write to you. I ‘ll
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  12. Elsy,

    If your question was about a +4470 phone number then the simple answer is, “yes, it’s a scam!” If it involves a lot of money and someone you only know via the internet then the answer is the same. Copy and paste any suspicious email messages (entire message text) into the form at https://scamomatic.com and you’ll get an instant response.

  13. Sam,
    It’s quite simple: If they use a +4470 number and they claim to be in the UK then you can be sure it’s a scam.

  14. Hi this is urgent.
    I’ve been talking to this guy who claims he’s from the UK. His number is +447935688372
    I’ve paid the duty fee and handling charges amount and now I have to pay another big amount.
    Is this person real?
    He goes as the name Nityanand Kumar.

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