LATRO Exposes the True Impact of SMS Blaster Fraud on Mobile Operators

By Jacob Howell, Director of Corporate Strategy at LATRO

What is SMS Blaster?

SMS Blasters, commonly referred to as IMSI catchers or fake base stations, are devices that transmit unauthorized messages to mobile subscribers, bypassing the network operator’s billing and security systems. These devices can lead to substantial revenue loss, increased customer dissatisfaction, and heightened network vulnerability for operators. This is particularly concerning in emerging markets where regulation and enforcement are often insufficient.

The Voice of the Industry

We recently conducted a poll between telecom professionals and mobile operators to better understand the impact of SMS Blaster Fraud on various departments within mobile operators. The results are in, and they shed light on the areas most affected by this emerging threat. Here’s what our community revealed:

  • Finance and Revenue Team 💼 – 43%
  • Customer Service 🗣️ – 36%
  • Fraud Management Team 🕵️‍♂️ – 14%
  • Security Department 🔒 – 7%

Key Insights

The poll results indicate that the Finance and Revenue Team and Customer Service departments are the most impacted by SMS Blaster Fraud, with 43% and 36% of the votes, respectively. This underscores the financial and customer relations implications of SMS Blaster activities, highlighting the need for robust solutions to mitigate these risks.

  • Finance and Revenue Team 💼 – 43%: The Finance and Revenue Team emerged as the most affected, with 43% of the votes. SMS Blaster Fraud directly impacts revenue by bypassing billing systems, leading to significant financial losses. This highlights the critical need for mobile operators to implement effective fraud detection and prevention solutions to safeguard their revenue streams.
  • Customer Service 🗣️ – 36%: Customer Service departments are also significantly impacted, with 36% of the votes. Unauthorized messages from SMS Blasters can lead to a surge in customer complaints and dissatisfaction. This not only strains customer service resources but also affects the operator’s reputation and customer loyalty.
  • Fraud Management Team 🕵️‍♂️ – 14%: The Fraud Management Team received 14% of the votes, reflecting its ongoing efforts to combat and manage fraud. The specialized knowledge and tools required to identify and prevent SMS Blaster Fraud are essential to protect both the operator and its subscribers from this pervasive threat.
  • Security Department 🔒 – 7%: While only 7% of respondents indicated that the Security Department is most affected, this still underscores the importance of maintaining robust security measures. Although this department may not bear the brunt of the impact, its role is crucial in identifying and mitigating threats before they can escalate.

How LATRO Can Help

At LATRO, we understand the critical nature of these threats and have developed comprehensive solutions to address them. LATRO’s Bypass Shield SMS Blaster solution can help you identify lost revenue, prevent future revenue losses, improve customer satisfaction, and enhance network security, all without affecting legitimate traffic and services.

Download the FREE SMS Blaster Brochure to discover more.

Don’t Let Fraud Eat Away at Your Profits. Contact LATRO Today!

🔗 LATRO is committed to helping MNOs combat SMS Blaster fraud and protect their bottom line. If you would like to learn more about how we make invisible SMS Blaster attacks visible and how to bust the operators of such equipment, please contact us today or send email to if you would like to find out if SMS Blasters are operating within your network and their impact to your business.