The Cursed Phone Number

A Bulgarian number has been suspended forever after the company observed a pattern. A pattern where all its owners died. The cursed phone number is 0888 888 888.

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. His cancer was rumoured to have been caused by a ‘business rival using radioactive poisoning’.


The next owner of the number was a Mafia boss, his name was Konstantin Dimitrov. And he enjoyed the kind of end that Mafia bosses occasionally do. He was assassinated in the Netherlands, where he had journeyed to see how his drug business was faring.

The third man who took up the number was businessman Konstantin Dishliev, who was killed in 2005 in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, reportedly outside an Indian restaurant. Though he presented himself as a realtor, he is said to have been one of the less trustworthy of the profession. It appears he was rather heavily involved in trafficking cocaine.

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 the phone company 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."


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