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"Rush To Develop Mobile Wallet Leaves Consumers Vulnerable To Security Risks", Says ValidSoft CEO Pat Carroll

LONDON, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pat Carroll, CEO of ValidSoft, a global supplier of telecommunications-based fraud prevention, authentication and transaction verification solutions, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE MKT formerly NYSE Amex: ETAK), discussed the security risks of the mobile phone at the Cartes 2012 conference in Paris today.

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Since the first announcement of mobile wallet products in early 2011, there has been a rush for mobile network operators, banks, phone manufacturers and retailers to join the world of near field communication (NFC) contactless and P2P payments. However, according to ValidSoft's Mr Pat Carroll: "The rush to grab a share of the market has led to compromised security, highlighting the need for the industry to find a robust security solution."

According to McKinsey (Global Mobile Payments Consumer Survey June 2012) by 2013, almost 50 percent of us will use mobile payments at least once a week – if not every day, and research from Gartner has predicted that the cost of cybercrime will increase by 10 percent per annum through to 2016 thanks to the rise of mobile devices and mobile-based apps.

Pat Carroll said: "I am excited to participate in Cartes and view it as an opportunity to discuss industry trends in fraud prevention and technology. Fraud prevention and identity protection are of paramount importance for any banking or financial enterprise, particularly in the realm of mobile commerce, and I look forward to sharing my insights on the latest innovations developed to combat this growing global problem."

With more than 25 years of financial services and technological experience, Mr. Carroll founded and leads ValidSoft with the objective of preventing fraud through industry-leading authentication and transaction verification solutions. Throughout his career, Pat has been at the forefront of industry thinking, representing organizations and industry bodies and participating in industry initiatives.

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