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The number 0888 888 888 seems to be unlucky

If you're superstitious and think there is a reason for all your bad luck you might want to sell your old mobile phone for cash and buy a new one complete with different number once you read the story of three men who have all died after obtaining the same number.

The mobile number 0888 888 888 was first issued to Vladimir Grashnov, former CEO of Bulgarian phone company Mobitel who assigned himself the number, probably for the ease of remembering such a simple combination of digits.

However, he died of cancer in 2001 at the ripe age of 48. Many have speculated that he was in fact exposed to radioactive material by a jealous business rival which is what caused the illness.

The next person to be given the number was 31-year old Bulgarian mafia boss Konstantin Dimitrov. Whilst on a trip to the Netherlands to check out his 500 million pound drug smuggling empire in 2003, he was shot by a gunman during a dinner date with a model. It is believed Russian mafia bosses were responsible for the murder.

And the final unlucky person to have the number bestowed on them was dodgy estate agent Konstantin Dishliev, who led a double life as a cocaine trafficking drug baron. Like Dimitrov, Dishliev was also assassinated shortly after police intercepted 130 million pounds worth of the drug being smuggled from Columbia.

The number 0888 888 888 no longer works and many believe it has been withdrawn from service because it's jinxed. A Mobitel spokesman remained tight-lipped, telling The Telegraph: "We have no comment to make. We won't discuss individual numbers."

If you are concerned about your current number why not sell your mobile phone for cash and get a new set of digits.

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