Deceptive calls from abroad. That's how scammers earn by calling from Cuba (+53) and Papua New Guinea (+675)

Orange Polska warns you about incoming calls from foreign numbers, which start at +53 or +675 and are very similar to area codes from Polish cities. Accordingly, it is Kuba and Papua New Guinea. For these countries international call rates currently range from 6 to 8 PLN for one minute of an outgoing call. The person who will call you back and will be "hung on the handset", will pay for the connection according to the Orange pricelist or the pricelist of your operator. More specifically, calls lasting up to 30 seconds are charged by Orange in the amount of half of the minute rate, while for each subsequent second, fees amounting to 1/60 of the minute rate are calculated. For example, by establishing a connection to Cuba (directional +53) and waiting for 30 seconds for voice on the other side, a person's account in Poland will be charged half the price for connection from zone 1 (Poland and EU countries) to zone 5 (exotic countries), according to the latest Orange price list for over PLN 4.

Orange Polska here gives more detailed data for each zone:


Foreign numbers (+53, +675 and others) and MTR (Mobile Termination Rate) of operators

High costs for calls received from foreign numbers are relatively easy earnings for fraudsters. Not only criminals, but also telecommunications operators are making money, but with the difference that they have to bear the cost of servicing the connection. The fee is related to the fact that the operator, eg Orange, bears the costs for providing a "signal" from the source operator to his client, on which he does not earn (yes, yes). In the case of the +53 directional +53 from Cuba or +675 from Papua New Guinea, the Orange operator must bear the cost of making the call. A similar situation took place for some time in Poland, when calls from other networks to Play were more expensive. Similarly now, when calls to and from abroad usually pay for two pages (depending on user packages and contracts between operators). All this may seem a bit complicated, but if you do not know what's going on, you know that it's about money.

Note on the connection scam

We join the Orange operator's warnings. Receiving such a connection may significantly burden the user's account, which is why we make readers to pay attention to the area code and the length of the international number, which is usually longer than Polish:

  • cellular country numbers start with "+48" and have further 9 digits;
  • landline numbers start with the area code and have 7 digits;
  • international numbers usually have more than 9 digits (not always) and start with a direction code other than "+48;

premium numbers +675

If you do not call outside Poland, it is possible to block outgoing and incoming calls to and from abroad. This can be done in several ways: by contacting the hotline, via a boarding account, by setting an appropriate option or traditionally by visiting the operator's point. We do not know anything about blocking connections from zone A to zone B, so if you have such knowledge, let me know (it would be nice to block all incoming connections except zone 1).

blocking calls to premium numbers

A less invasive method is to block numbers using the functions in the phone or in the installed antivirus software (in a reputable antivirus this option should be available). Unfortunately, all it takes is that the cheater will call from another number, and the whole plan will fail.

If you have your own ways to block unwanted numbers, let me know in the comments.

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