Warning: Getting Calls From a +224 Number? Do Not Answer

There seems to some kind of ‘scam’ going on with a certain call on your mobile, which when answered deducts Rs.45/minute(~$1) from your talktime balance. The said calls are reported from the following numbers +22455104323 and +22455104324. There have been total 3 reported cases so far of the call, 2 of which resulted in talktime deduction and the third was not answered. Though #missedcallscam was trending in Twitter Mumbai today but it was the same tweet getting RTed, so not much of a chaos.

The number which might look like a Mumbai number on the first look, given the 022 STD code, actually is an 11 digit international number and resonates with the African country Guinea that has calling code of +224 and the country follows a 8 digit standard phone number.

At this moment there is no certainty as to what this number is and if this is true or rumor. In case you get a call and you have no relatives in that little African country, avoid answering it.

A random search revealed some forum discussing this number for past couple of months but no case of balance deduction was reported.

[Naman is a startup enthusiast and has worked with couple of Indian startups as Product Manager. He writes at The Inspire Blog]

28 Discussions

  1. prave says:

    I got missed call from + 224 78 60 09 54 and got miss call couple of times, but didn’t answer as I know these scams and also these 11 digits international number. just reporting this number to make sure, if anybody gets a call from this number, an alarm can be raised.

  2. Gagan says:

    i got a call from +22478601170 at 05:41 in the morning. I missed answering it.

  3. vishu says:

    i also got a call from this number +22 478601170

  4. Suraj says:

    I got a call from no. +22478601170 & +22478601908, One time I Missed this call and I have attendent this call once. Please reply me was that risky and what can do to prevent this?

  5. Aanu says:

    I have got some calls from –
    +224-78601170 – night 11pm
    +224-78601196 – morning 6 am.
    Please donot attend the calls from these as they are really spam from Guinea south Africa. They deduct 50 Inr. + Data from your android phone.
    I live in delhi.

  6. jitendra says:

    i got call from +224 7860 1290. today now. but by mistake it got received. so is there any prb? after searching in google, this code belongs to guiena south africa. i have no any relative there. what to do now . plz tell , if there is any prb. and whoom should i inform abt this number. plz tell me , if anyone know.

  7. Mohit says:

    Toady I got a call in the morning. When I made a call, my balance deducted and I heard some nonsense stuff over the phone. The lady is discussing some vulgar things with a guy. Don’t know what is it all about but don’t attend or call back to this kind of number. The number is +224 78 60 11 70

  8. kumar says:

    Yesterday and today I got missed call from +22478902120 same issue how to report and a home to report on this

  9. Staffan says:

    I got one from: +224 78409621

  10. rahul says:

    Since last two days I am getting miss call from this no. +22478902120

  11. Anushka says:

    I am getting missed calls from +2247861192 last 5-6 days about 8-10 times a day :/

  12. S says:

    How does answering a call deduct your balance? Calling back would, but not answering it.

  13. Ksheer Sagar Verma says:

    Hi I’m Ksheer from Delhi (INDIA) . I got this missed call from +22478601303 (8:53 AM) and +22478601594 (9:02 AM) and i answered the call on no. +22478601303 but no one was on the other side (speaking something). So driven by curiosity i called the number +22478601303 (My Truecaller app said this number was from “Guinea”. It cost me Rs.45/minute(~$1). For 2 minutes i lost Rs90/-. Guys it was really bad experiance for me.
    #Don’t call back when you get missed call from an ISD number. (Strongly Recommeded)

  14. Dinesh says:

    I also got a call from the number +22478696044 at 11:04 PM today but I did not answer that. After checking the details, it looks like a spam number and not to be answered. Please be aware and not respond to these calls.

  15. Ankit says:

    I have also got the call from guinea south Africa n it seems to be a scam. It get missed call and I got this call in morning at 3.09 a.m
    The number is as follows 224-78696044

  16. Osita Paul says:

    I live in Abuja, Nigeria, I got a new line just about a week when I started getting flash calls from +22470020264. I was surprised; I’ve not shared the number yet, how come I’m getting an int’l call. Then one day when I called back I started hearing sexual noises from the other end, I was still trying to say multiple ‘hellos’, I did not know I was making one of the most expensive calls in the world as all my call credit was exhausted without warning. It was disgustinly regrettable. Anyway they succeeded but never again. Pls do not call that line. One Love!

  17. rowena says:

    Got a miscall from this number +22470475362… I tried to answer it but as soon as i click answer nothing…but i dont know if that was a scam im using prepaid and my mobile chargevis actually zero.

  18. Akanksha says:

    Got a missed call from +224 78 71 97 85 at 4:48 pm!! I didn’t answer it!

  19. Mira says:

    Two more numbers: +224 78 444290, +224 78444271

    I picked up the call, heard nothing. I’m postpaid.

  20. Muhammad says:

    i got a missed call from +224 78 40 07 07

  21. Tabrez says:

    I got a call from +224 78519137 by mistake I received it, there was no sound.

  22. Karthik says:

    I have received couple of missed calls from the following number today I.e “+22478519137″
    Though haven’t attended them..

  23. Diksha says:

    I have also got so many calls from couple of days from +22478500563 though i did not received that. True caller app shows number from Guinea so i just checked it and find your blog. there is one more number i am getting call frequently its 0037178822284. Does it also not authentic, please update.

  24. Ravi says:

    I also got a call from the number +22478005506 at 11:52 PM TODAY
    I’m in Qatar doha

  25. Sukhtankar says:

    I received call from 224 78500562 at 2.10 early morning. I missed the same being midnight. Thinking it is Mumbai Number – I tried to recall but since I do not have international call facility on my mobile, I received message that this is international call. I checked on internet and I am here now sharing my experience.

  26. Ramesh says:

    Even i also got a call two times from dis no. 22470020264, but i didn,t receive. Can u guys understand me exactly what is it?

  27. Jon says:

    July 23, 2015, and I have two (missed) calls from +224 55 45 93 80 within 10 minutes from each other, and that is me being from Belgium/Europe. A to me completely unknown number, and being the smart person that I am (j/k), I did not call back, of course.
    How the heck did they find my cellphone number? I don’t even (really) use it.