I normally check for scam phone numbers by entering them into Google and seeing what comes up. But recently there seems to be a new breed of scam numbers - these contain 12 digits instead of the normal 11. Twelve digit numbers beginning '00' are presumably overseas ones but what about numbers like 063468596268, 027456066705 and 021873079781 which look like UK numbers but have too many digits? When you Google in such numbers, nothing comes up. Any ideas?
In reply to "DABhand super solver" you are incorrect with your 12 digits reply.
Get your facts right!
The reason why I have replied, I have too got a call from an automated Scam Insurance number "07956 889 777 9" (12 Digits) which actually showed up on my phone and is the number. Also you cannot call this number back at ALL!!!
I will even supply the image below as this happened today 24th July 2017 and I tried to call it back at 3:06pm.
All UK mobile number sequence should always be 11 Digits, 07xxx xxx xxx (5, 3 and 3 sequence) or 07xxx xx xx xx (5, 2, 2 and 2 sequence) you can have what you like to be honest, I find when you break it down in those ways it is easier to remember mobile numbers off the top of my head.
This Scam seems to be on the increase and I have no damn idea how this is being done?!
However, I have Kaspersky anti Virus on my phone so I can block numbers of any type text and calls so they wont be getting through again!
It may occur when a number shows up on your phone with for example "+44 7123 123 123" here you do have 12 digits but this isn't correct so to speak. The +44 replaces the first 0 as it is also dropped when you dial from outside the UK into the UK, therefore this may or may not show on your phone and you would see 12 digits total and starting with +44 International dialling code to the UK from the rest of the world. However, when it ANY mobile (LEGAL) starts with a "Zero (0)" then the total amount of digits will always be "11" and not 12 as mentioned by DABhand.
Check Ofcom's website Telecoms UK regulator if unsure.
These Scam artists are getting more and more clever!
Also, I have received calls from non-existent 11 digit phone numbers, such as 02176972920. It has the appearance of a London number but if you enter the STD code into the BT website, it says 'the code could not be found'. It's impossible to connect to that number - it just doesn't exist!
I've also received phone calls from 10 digit numbers such as 0227712331.
Scammers obviously have the ability to make their calls come from invented numbers.
I've just had a call from 075889999699, 12 numbers. I didn't answer and I don't really want to try ringing back just in case. A voice message was left but it was just silence. I googled the number and nothing came up and it doesn't say on my phone where this number originated from.