Mobile phone number suspended after three users die in 10 years

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mdg (May 26, 2010, 09:24:27 AM):
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A mobile phone company has suspended the number 0888 888 888 – after every single person assigned to it died in the last 10 years.
The first owner Vladimir Grashnov – the former CEO of Bulgarian mobile phone company Mobitel which issued the number – died of cancer in 2001 aged just 48.

Despite a spotless business record there were persistent rumours that his cancer had been caused by a business rival using radioactive poisoning.

The number then passed to Bulgarian mafia boss, Konstantin Dimitrov, who was gunned down in 2003 by a lone assassin in the Netherlands during a trip to inspect his £500 million drug smuggling empire.

Dimitrov, who died aged 31, had the mobile with him when he was shot while eating out with a model.

Russian mafia bosses – jealous of his drug smuggling operation – were said to have been behind the killing.

The phone number then passed to Konstantin Dishliev, a crooked businessman, who was gunned down outside an Indian restaurant in Bulgaria's capital Sofia after taking over the jinxed line.

Dishliev, an estate agent, had secretly been running a massive cocaine trafficking operation before his assassination in 2005.

He died after £130 million of the drug was intercepted by police on its way into the country from Colombia.

Since then, the number is understood to have been dormant while police maintained an open file on Dishliev's killing and his smuggling ring.

Now phone bosses are said to have suspended the number for good. Callers now get a recorded message saying the phone is "outside network coverage."

A Mobitel spokesman would only say: "We have no comment to make. We won't discuss individual numbers."
st0nes (May 26, 2010, 19:30:10 PM):
Cool number--I'd take it like a flash were it available here. Seriously, if you issue a number to gangsters and the terminally ill don't be surprised when they croak, just don't blame it on the number, rather think of other things. This curse crap comes up again and again. Did you know that every single person who ever bought a brand new model-T Ford is dead? OMG, stay clear of them Fords, hey, unless you're feeling suicidal.
StevoMuso (May 27, 2010, 10:07:55 AM):
Cool number--I'd take it like a flash were it available here. Seriously, if you issue a number to gangsters and the terminally ill don't be surprised when they croak, just don't blame it on the number, rather think of other things. This curse crap comes up again and again. Did you know that every single person who ever bought a brand new model-T Ford is dead? OMG, stay clear of them Fords, hey, unless you're feeling suicidal.
Yup. It's the ol' "correlation vs. causation" fallacy again. Christians love this one too: "I prayed for money today and won this competition, therefore, I won the competition because I prayed." Okay - so you ONLY prayed for money on that day, and no other day? Nobody else prayed to win the competition? A phone number used by gangsters is cursed and causing their deaths? Get real! People are soooo gullible.
bluegray (May 27, 2010, 10:21:04 AM):
LOL! I wonder how many other "fatal numbers" there are?
StevoMuso (May 27, 2010, 10:43:56 AM):
LOL! I wonder how many other "fatal numbers" there are?

The irony is that 888 is actually the number of Christ the Messiah. You often see 888 on people's personalized number plates and on bumper stickers. And 777 is the number of Jesus the Man. And 666, as we know, is the number of the beast. Interesting thing about 666 is that the earliest Biblical manuscripts now available to scholars have shown that the original number in Revelation was 616, and the later scribes copied it wrong - heheHEH.

Funny thing is: numbers don't really exist, as such. They are just mathematical models we use to describe certain things. The same with God - He doesn't really exist, He's just a religious model used to define existence. Ah the credulous - we will always have them with us *SIGH*

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