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AT&T; introduces new program to help customers combat fraud


NEW YORK -- American Telephone & Telegraph Co. said yesterday that it is introducing a new program to help its customers secure their communications systems and control telephone fraud.

The company said its Netprotect basic service monitors calling to countries experiencing the highest amounts of long-distance fraud, along with domestic 800 service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and alerts customers to suspected fraud. It will be offered to all business customers of AT&T;'s long-distance and domestic 800 services at no additional charge.

AT&T; said it began this week monitoring its 800 service to prevent thieves from using the network to commit fraud.

It said it will begin monitoring international long-distance service Aug. 1.

The company said that in addition to basic service, it will offer its customers optional Netprotect products and services for a fee.

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