Freedom Of Information
PO BOX 9
Tel: 01924 296006
Fax: 01924 292726
Our ref: 00012/17
Dear Mr De Vere
Thank you for your request for information, received by West Yorkshire Police on 03/01/17.
You requested the following information:
As I am researching the number of arrests made in connection to fraudsters using spoofed SMS
messages it would be great to receive some statistics in relation to this.
1.) How many arrests have been made (in a period you can obtain easily) where an arrestee was
prosecuted for spoofing an SMS sender ID?.
There have been two arrests for ‘False SMS Sender ID’ between January 2016 and December 2016.
2.) Where possible to disclose, what was the kind of sentencing for such a crime - maybe an example
One case remains ongoing and the second case has been finalised with the outcome - 15A Police
Decision - Suspect ID – Evidential Difficulties.
If you are not satisfied with how this request has been handled or with the information provided, please
read the advice notice attached to this letter. If you do wish to take up your right of complaint, please
remember to quote the reference number above, in any future correspondence.
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timeframe from the date of the decision letter. They must include the original FOI Reference Number and
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West Yorkshire Police
FOI Internal Reviews
PO Box 9
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