This article originally appeared in Wireless Week on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, and is being reposted in part with permission. A full version of the text can be found here.
The United States topped the list of countries where mobile fraud originates, a new study from Syniverse found.
According to the report, the United States ranked highest among fraud origin countries for all mobile fraud cases analyzed for the report, including text message attacks, suspicious roaming-related incidents, and international revenue sharing fraud attacks. Spain and Peru rounded out the top three originators of such incidents, the report indicated.
Interestingly, while more than 50 percent of fraud attacks in North America originated in the United States, Syniverse found just under 80 percent of the SIMs that account for originating fraud stateside are from Mexico. Similarly, 56 percent of fraud in Spain is conducted using SIM cards from the United Kingdom.
But where is it all going?
James Stewart joined Syniverse in 2008 and brings more than 25 years of experience in the mobile industry, with a particular specialization in fraud prevention. In addition to being Director for Fraud Product Management at Syniverse, he serves as the Chairman of the GSMA’s Roaming and Interconnect Fraud and Security Subgroup. Before joining Syniverse, James was a Client Partner at Fair Isaac, in its telecoms division. It was during his tenure with Fair Isaac that he became directly involved in the creation of the near-real-time roaming data exchange (NRTRDE). Prior to his position at Fair Isaac, James worked at Neural Technologies and Cerebrus Solutions, and specialized in fraud and risk management. Previously, he was with Nortel Networks, where he spent 10 years working in Nortel’s e-business group to help operators overcome revenue assurance challenges. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electronics and electrical engineering from Brunel University in the U.K.