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Fraud & Identity Today Week in Review: A2P Messaging, SIM Box Fraud & Detection

April 22, 2017

Welcome to the week in review, where we take a look at all the top stories making headlines in the mobile fraud space this week.

The week started off with a special guest contribution from Rafael Lourenco, VP of U.S. Operations at ClearSale. Lourenco highlights the drawbacks that come along with advances in digital technology by saying, “…the conveniences of the digital age have also created new ways for criminals to steal card data – by tricking consumers into sharing account information, by abusing online checkout tools, and by hacking retailer data or buying stolen card numbers.” Credit card fraud is a growing problem in the U.S. and across the world, which is why implementing security measures is more important than ever. Find out how to detect this type of fraud HERE.


Meanwhile, the dangers of A2P messaging were also discussed this week. When we think about fraudulent A2P messaging, we often think that it’s caused by grey routes. While this is often the case, there are plenty of other causes as well—some of which may surprise you. Learn about the different ways fraudsters use A2P messaging against you HERE.

On the same note, we also discussed one of the most common consequences of fraudulent A2P messaging: revenue leakage. In fact, Perry Offer, CEO, Dialogue Group, “…estimates that as much as 70 percent of global A2P traffic is not being monetized by operators because of these grey routes, and ending such leakage is a revenue creation opportunity for MNOs of at least US$5 billion a year.” Five billion dollars per year is a lot of revenue to be losing out on. So why not take some measures to protect your business? Find out more about this problem HERE.

Finally, the week rounded out on a bit of a happier note with the news that a SIM box fraud ring was busted in Hyderabad, India. TMC’s Steve Anderson writes, “A recent investigation undertaken by the Telangana Police discovered a massive network of fraud operations in Hyderabad, featuring not only eight illegal voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) exchanges, but also over 30 subscriber identity module (SIM) boxes and a host of SIM cards.” Anderson has everything you need to know HERE.

That’s all for this week. Come back next week to read all the latest fraud-related news.



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