“This number gives the impression that I am distinguished, which helps me get business, especially among officials in the state ministries who I am dealing with. If I call them from a regular number, they wouldn’t answer my call, but when they see this number, they can’t ignore it because they know a VIP is calling them.” From WaPo: In Iraq, the best digits cost a mint. (I’d pay $867,5309 for the right number.)