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• Emerging markets a ripe hunting ground for mobile fraudsters
• Up to 96% of all calls being illegally re-routed in some Asian countries
• $58 billion in revenue lost to billing errors and fraud each year*
• Visit Revector at Mobile World Congress, Hall 7 Stand 7H111

Organised international criminal gangs can defraud a mobile operator by as much as $3000 per month using just one single SIM card. In reality they deploy anywhere from a few dozen to many thousands of SIMs to exploit vulnerabilities in the network, often with help from insiders working for the operator.

Fraud detection and elimination specialist Revector’s most recent audit of 15 countries found illegal activity in 14, with levels of fraudulent re-routing in some cases affecting 96% of all calls.

• South and Latin America - Bypass fraud is epidemic in certain countries, where up to 90% of all international calls are illegally re-routed. Rates of 30-40% bypass are still common.

• Asia - fraud levels vary dramatically from country to country. As low as 4.35% developed nations, others in Asia register bypass fraud in as much as 96% of all calls.

• Africa - operators continue to be a major target for fraud. Recent work in the region has helped reduce bypass fraud levels, but it still remains a major problem in many countries where it is not uncommon to detect between 29% - 56% of calls fraudulently delivered.

• Eastern Europe - bypass levels are now reducing to the mid 30% mark, and in some nations have significantly fallen from previous recorded highs of 64.6% bypass.

Even when fraud is detected, failure to take action by operators has seen fraud levels increase. This disregard of the issue is an ongoing problem in developed regions, including Western Europe where operators continue to lose many millions of US$ each year as a result of bypass fraud.

Andy Gent, CEO of Revector, said: “Operators need to be more concerned about the increasing levels of fraud we are seeing. It impacts revenues, and importantly reduces customer satisfaction as rerouted calls offer a poor user experience. The tools an operator needs to identify and locate fraudulent activity are now available through a single, easy to deploy, cost effective platform from Revector which generates the necessary information for regulators and police to enforce the law and eliminate fraudsters for good.”


*Juniper Research 2012

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

Notes for editors on fraud techniques

Bypass, including interconnect and GSM gateway or 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.

For more information contact:

Gary Marshall
Tel. +44 (0)7733224654

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