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Revector: Mobile phone fraud rampant in Ghana; MTN Ghana claims more than 70 million minutes rerouted off network in six months; Revector identifies hundreds of active SIM boxes on competing network
[January 03, 2012]

Revector: Mobile phone fraud rampant in Ghana; MTN Ghana claims more than 70 million minutes rerouted off network in six months; Revector identifies hundreds of active SIM boxes on competing network


(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) In September 2011, the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana announced that 98.44% of all SIM's detected for gateway bypass in Ghana were located on the Airtel network. In response, Airtel Ghana's Revenue Assurance Manager Nixon Wampamba stated that Airtel Ghana is losing US$500,000 per month to the fraudsters, and that the NCA's detection of Airtel numbers in SIM Boxes has reduced from "about 500 a day to 100 day".



Following this exchange Revector, the global leader in mobile anti-fraud solutions, has identified more than 10% of all international phone calls into Ghana as being subject to SIM Box or GSM Gateway fraud.

"SIM box fraud" takes place when individuals or organisations purchase hundreds of SIM cards which offer free or low cost calls to mobile numbers. These are then used to channel national or international calls away from a mobile network and present them as local calls on their networks. This results in the significant loss of international call revenues which should rightly be collected by the mobile network operator.


Andy Gent, CEO of Revector commented: "We are consistently seeing more than 10% of all incoming International traffic in Ghana terminating via illegal routes. I am amazed certain operators are not taking a more active stance against the fraud occurring on networks, particularly when losses of half a million US dollars per month could be eradicated for an investment of less than 5% of that cost." SIM Box fraud is not just unique to Ghana. Revector is seeing similar and more widespread fraud in other countries. In Kenya gateway bypass is often as high as 50%, whilst in Paraguay it is even more substantial with the figure as high as 90%. The result of this is a staggering amount of monetary loss for governments, operators and end users.

Revector provides a full investigation service to address illegal termination (SIM Box fraud) including Locate and Eliminate - a solution that provides mobile operators with the most sophisicated tools yet to instantly detect SIM box fraud on a network and pinpoint the location from where the fraud is taking place, it is so precise that it will identify a transmitting location down to a room or apartment, within a building. Our endeavours result in the arrest and prosecution of the culprits responsible and the destruction or confiscation of their illegal bypass equipment.

Andy Gent continued: "We have the tools to accurately identify, locate and raid SIM Box fraudsters to stamp this activity out. If an operator fails to recognise the threat and actively address fraud on their network they are aiding and abetting criminals. The industry needs to be seen to be driving arrests and seizures of equipment; this is the only way we can end what amounts to a multibillion dollar global crime spree." About Revector: Founded in 2001, Revector creates products and services that enable telecommunications companies to quickly and effectively counter fraud.

Working with operators including Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, Hutchison Three, Zain, Digicel, Etisalat, Telenor, Tele2, Tigo, MTS, NTT DoCoMo, Rogers, T-Mobile and Cable & Wireless, Revector's products have enabled mobile network operators to remove millions of dollars' worth of fraudulent activity from their networks. To find out more visit www.revector.com About GSM gateway or SIM box fraud: SIM box fraud occurs when the cost of terminating national or international calls exceeds the cost of a local mobile to mobile call in a particular country. Individuals and organisations buy multiple SIM cards and sell capacity to terminate calls on the open market. This leads to lost revenues for mobile network operators. SIM box fraud is illegal since those who undertake it are not licensed to provide telecommunications services in the country. Consumers will be unaware that their call is being routed via a SIM box but may experience a reduced quality of call or a reduction in telecommunications services, such as caller line identity.

GSM Gateway/SIM Box Fraud - facts: * Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) estimates that in 2011 the cost of SIM Box/GSM Gateway fraud to the telecoms industry at more than $4.5 billion * 89% of operators surveyed by CFCA said fraud losses had increased or stayed the same since 2008 Media contact: Chris Bignell or Gary Marshall XL Communications Chris@xl-comms.com / Gary@xl-comms.com Tel: +44 7834 020460 / +44 7733 224654 Gary Marshall Senior Consultant XL Communications Ltd ViewPoint, Basing View, Basingstoke, RG21 4RG.

Call me now on my mobile: + 44 (0)77 3322 4654 Email me: gary@xl-comms.com Find us on the web: www.xl-comms.com ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.presswire.net on the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com)).

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