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BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX NOTES DROP IN FRAUD

NEW YORK-Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile said it experienced a 70 percent overall decrease in fraud since May when it implemented authentication and radio frequency fingerprinting technologies.

Bell Atlantic Nynex said nearly two million of its customers are protected by these technologies while they are in the carrier’s footprint or when roaming in markets where the company has interconnected its fraud protection services with other carriers.

Bell Atlantic Nynex said it has seen a 74 percent decrease in home fraud and a 57 percent decline in roaming fraud in the last nine months.

Additionally, the company said its efforts last year in cooperation with law enforcement agencies resulted in at least 390 arrests and the recovery of more than 110,000 stolen cellular phone number/serial numbers.

“While we are extremely encouraged by the decreases we’ve seen, we cannot eliminate fraud on our own, especially roaming fraud,” said Nick Arcuri, the company’s vice president of fraud control. “We are actively encouraging our roaming partners to join us in the fight by exchanging fraud information and by implementing solutions such as networking of authentication and RF fingerprinting systems.”

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