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FairPoint Applauds Western Union Decision To Shut Down Services In Jamaican Hotbed Of Phone Scamming Operations

FairPoint works closely with victims and their families to help end this cycle of abuse, Caruso said.  "Our security software signals us when there is suspicious international activity on an account, allowing us to contact customers to ensure they aren't being victimized.  Occasionally we come across a situation where we have to locate relatives and notify them of strange phone activity. We then work with the customer or their relative to add a call-intercept feature that will block inbound calls from specific area codes, block outbound international calls or even help change phone numbers."

The York County Sheriff's Department in Maine has played an important role investigating Maine scams, and working with a federal task force assigned to Jamaican phone scams.

"It is critical to inform our seniors about the dangers of phone scams and the 876 area code," said Major Bill King of the York County Sheriff's Office. "FairPoint has been a key partner in our effort to educate the public and more importantly, develop a case against these scammers. They have provided invaluable support and information to a federal task force coordinated under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Consumer Litigation."

The Beware: Scams from Area Code 876 campaign has received support from additional law enforcement agencies and groups throughout northern New England, including the Attorneys General in Vermont and New Hampshire, the Rutland, Vermont Police Department and the New Hampshire Sheriff's Association.

"Vermonters receiving an unexpected call from area code 876 should be on high alert.  These calls are almost certainly from scam artists," said Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. "We are pleased to join forces with FairPoint Communications, law enforcement officials, local authorities, seniors' organizations, and others to warn the public about so-called 'Jamaican scams.' Money sent to these thieves is gone for good.  Joint efforts, like this, are key to preventing devastating losses."

"Anyone receiving an unexpected call from area code 876 should be on high alert.  There is a high likelihood that these calls are from scam artists," said James Boffetti, New Hampshire senior assistant attorney general. "Unfortunately these scammers are very persistent and in some cases verbally abusive, threatening to harm victims if they do not send money.  It is critical to inform our seniors about the dangers of phone scams from the 876 area code."

"The New Hampshire Sheriff's Association, representing all 10 sheriffs in the state of New Hampshire, is unanimously in support of FairPoint's efforts to get the word out about the Jamaican Lottery Scam," said Belknap County Sheriff Craig H. Wiggin. "This scam and others like it, tend to focus on the elderly and the most vulnerable among us. It is important to educate the public about these crimes, which are often international in scope. We urge those with elderly friends and family members to make sure they are aware of the many telephone and internet scams that we in law enforcement are seeing regularly and contact their local authorities with questions or concerns."

The AARP has also lent support to the "Beware: Scams from 876 Area Code" in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

"We are very concerned about the growing number of scams targeting older residents in New Hampshire and across America," said Harold Moldoff, AARP New Hampshire's lead fraud fighter. "A growing number of older Americans become victims of financial fraud each year. Many of these victims, up to 75 percent, never report their victimization due to embarrassment and fear their children will negatively intervene."

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/myfairpoint) and Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).

 

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