£300,000 LOAN TO HELP IT FRAUD PROTECTION COMPANY FOR TELECOMS SECTOR GROW

A real-time fraud protection company that has established cutting edge software to revolutionise the telecommunications industry by offering a unique fraud tracking and blocking solution for companies is the latest organisation to be supported by The Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator.

Farnham based, Six Degrees Labs Limited were established in 2016 and have secured a £300,000 growth loan, which will enable the company to recruit additional resources to facilitate the growing demand for their products.

Six Degrees have created a sophisticated and effective, identification fraud prevention system which helps stop telecoms operators and their customers from losing money. Six Degrees provide their clients with RVS software which prevents direct fraudulent calls and they have also developed their own software to prevent SIMBOX fraud. SIMBOX Fraud occurs when fraudsters insert SIM cards into a server which connects 30 SIMs to the network per server. Some ‘SIMBOX networks’ have 10 or 20 of these in operation that can handle 300 to 600 concurrent fraudulent calls into the local networks. The SIMBOX software is able to monitor calls coming in and attributes a score to any potentially fraudulent numbers, once a pattern is determined the number is automatically blocked from calling.

Six Degrees have also extended the system to completely prevent telecoms customers from receiving annoying and harmful ‘Wangiri’ calls, where people are left in a missed call in the hope that the person called will return the call and be charged for premium rate or expensive international calls, from which the fraudsters receive a share of those costs. Vodafone, Three, BT and nearly all operators across the world are all experiencing high volumes of these harmful Wangiri calls for which they require an effective solution to prevent.

Six Degrees Labs Limited, Managing Director, Bryan Rowe said: “Over the last few years, Six Degrees has grown from a small software company for a couple of customers into one of the most successful real-time fraud prevention technology companies internationally. Obtaining finance for growth is crucial for us to succeed and achieve our goals in the future. The funding will allow us to expand our operations into the UK market, with the relocation of our head office to Farnham.”

Derek Ellis, Senior Fund Manager at the FSE Group, said: “Six Degrees team is made up of highly skilled individuals who have an abundance of experience in the telecoms fraud industry, which puts the company in a strong position to grow in the coming years. We are pleased to be working with Bryan and his team during this exciting new chapter and wish them all the success.”

Kathy Slack, CEO, Enterprise M3 LEP, comments: “As the Enterprise M3 region’s growth in high-value, hi-tech sectors continues, it is crucial that cyber-security moves at the same pace. We are delighted that we can help Six Degrees, experts in this field, to overcome the growth obstacle of access to finance and so, enable them to develop further their impressive technology. It is also great news that Six Degrees are placing their confidence in the Enterprise M3 region by locating their head office here.”

The Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator II is a £10million initiative funded by Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership. The escalator, which includes an expansion loan scheme, a trade finance loan scheme and an equity growth fund, provides eligible companies with loans and equity funding between £50,000 and £300,000 for activities that will deliver high-growth and employment opportunities across the EM3 area.

For more information about the Enterprise M3 Expansion Loan Scheme please visit http://www.thefsegroup.com/enterprise-m3-expansion-loan-scheme or contact James Edwards at james.edwards@thefsegroup.com tel: 01276 608531.