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This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.

2007-01-21

Info: UK 070 numbers

Many lottery spam scams in particular use UK 070 prefix telephone numbers as a means of contact. These look like mobile numbers, but I've known for a while that they are actually "personal numbers" which the owner can redirect to anywhere. Thus, if you move around a lot, you can forward the number to new locations as you go.

What I didn't know was that you could obtain one of these numbers without being in the UK, and forward it to a number which is also outside the UK. Consequently, all those lottery scams which appear to be UK-based thanks to UK phone numbers aren't necessarily in the UK at all! Furthermore, the sign-up process can be done online, just like signing up for a free webmail address, so the scammers aren't even obliged to re-use the same number on their next scam. All in all, UK 070 numbers (starting with "+44 7" when expressed as an international number) tell us absolutely nothing about the location and identity of the party so contacted.

Thanks to Sophos for pointing this out.

1 comment:

Gordon said...

For clarification, the international code to watch for is "+44 70..."

Numbers starting "+44 7x" where x is a non-zero digit are genuine UK mobile numbers.