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MCI SUPPORTS NATIONAL CONSUMERS WEEK; FREE BROCHURES FOR CONSUMERS

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI announced today its participation in the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs' "National Consumers Week" which will take place Oct. 24-30.
 In honor of National Consumers Week's 1993 theme -- "Focus on Fraud" -- MCI is offering free copies of its two fraud brochures, "Avoiding Phone Fraud" and "Protecting Your Calling Card." Those who wish to receive a free copy of either or both of these brochures may write to MCI at: Department 3617, 1200 S. Hayes St., Arlington, VA 22202.
 "Avoiding Phone Fraud" offers tips for consumers who shop by telephone and highlights new federal rules protecting callers who use pay-per-call services such as 900 numbers. The brochure also advises consumers about precautions to follow in using calling cards and accepting third-party charges.
 "Protecting Your Calling Card" outlines the "dos and don'ts" of calling card use. The pamphlet advises consumers using calling cards to:
 -- Memorize their calling card number;
 -- Be aware of people loitering around payphones;
 -- Guard conversations with the operator; and
 -- Report lost or stolen cards immediately.
 MCI also sponsors and supports the National Fraud Information Center, which offers a national 24-hour, toll-free hotline, 800-876-7060, to help consumers avoid the kinds of fraud that occur when "con artists" use the telephone to sell their scams. Through the center, consumers can receive information about current consumer frauds, tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud, as well as related consumer publications.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second-largest long distance provider. MCI offers savings and superior customer service through a number of products and services including: Friends & Family, PrimeTime, MCI HomeConnect, MCI CALL USA, 1-800-COLLECT, MCI Friends Around the World, The MCI VideoPhone, The MCI Card and The Friends & Family Card.
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 /CONTACT: Carol Aarhus of MCI, 800-436-9749/
 (MCIC)


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