Arrests made in connection with SMS spoofing

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

I am researching SMS frauds and wished to receive information about arrests made in connection with spoofed SMS messages.
The article in question can be found over at: https://theantisocialengineer.com/projec... Before sending this request to other police forces I wanted to firstly check with yourselves to see if this data would be obtainable.

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.

As part of a public awareness campaign it would be in the publics interest to know these figures to form a deterrent to people attempting these kinds of crimes. Please see the following points:

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?.

2.) Where possible to disclose, what was the kind of sentencing for such a crime - maybe an example case?.

Thank You in advance for this, I am contactable via my website or this website,

Richard De Vere

Freedom of Information, West Yorkshire Police

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Dear Mr De Vere,

 

Thank you for your correspondence received by my office on the 3^rd
January 2016.

 

You have requested the following information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 

I am researching SMS frauds and wished to receive information about
arrests made in connection with spoofed SMS messages.

The article in question can be found over at:
https://theantisocialengineer.com/projec... Before sending this
request to other police forces I wanted to firstly check with yourselves
to see if this data would be obtainable.

 

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.

 

As part of a public awareness campaign it would be in the publics interest
to know these figures to form a deterrent to people attempting these kinds
of crimes. Please see the following points:

 

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?.

 

2.) Where possible to disclose, what was the kind of sentencing for such a
crime - maybe an example case?.

 

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of defined by the Act, subject to the information
not being exempt. In some circumstances West Yorkshire Police may be
unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed at
the earliest opportunity. If you no longer require the information, please
inform us at your earliest convenience.

 

Kind Regards

Shaun Smith

 

Force Disclosure Unit

PO Box 9

Laburnum Road

Wakefield

WF1 3QP

 

Tel: 01924 296249

 

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Arrests made in connection with SMS spoofing'.

The request has not been met with a reply or a formal decline in the period agreed by law. This is simply unacceptable.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Richard De Vere

Freedom of Information, West Yorkshire Police

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Good Afternoon Mr De Vere,

 

Thank you for your correspondence received by my office on the 8 February
2017.

You have requested the following Internal Review under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of West Yorkshire Police's
handling of my FOI request 'Arrests made in connection with SMS spoofing'.

 

The request has not been met with a reply or a formal decline in the
period agreed by law. This is simply unacceptable.

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

 

 

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of defined by the Act, subject to the information
not being exempt. In some circumstances West Yorkshire Police may be
unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed at
the earliest opportunity. If you no longer require the information, please
inform us at your earliest convenience.

 

 

Many thanks

 

Kirsti Kaye

 

Disclosure Officer

West Yorkshire Police Disclosure Unit

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Direct line: 01924 296247 Internal: 29247

 

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If you have received this in error, please use the reply function to notify us immediately and permanently delete the email and any attachment(s) from your computer or electronic device.

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Dear Mr De Vere

 

Please see the attached document in relation to your request. Please
accept our apologies for the delay.

 

Kind regards

Gemma Burton

Disclosure Officer

Disclosure Unit

01924 296246

 

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If you have received this in error, please use the reply function to notify us immediately and permanently delete the email and any attachment(s) from your computer or electronic device.

West Yorkshire Police reserves the rights to routinely monitor incoming and outgoing e-mail messages and cannot accept liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content and, as internet communications should not be considered as secure, for changes made to this message after it was sent.

Any views or opinions expressed in this message may not be those of the West Yorkshire Police.

This email was scanned for viruses by the West Yorkshire Polices' anti-virus services and on leaving the Force was found to be virus and malware free. You must take full responsibility for any subsequent virus or malware checking.

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Dear Mr De Vere,

 

Please find attached the response to your Internal Review Request.

 

Yours sincerely

Tricia

 

Tricia Long

Senior Disclosure Officer

Disclosure Unit

Admin 4, H.Q

Extension 22720

Telephone 01924 292720

Mobex  07770633559

 

Please note I work agile on a Wednesday & Friday so would be contactable
via skype or mobex.

 

West Yorkshire Police

PO Box 9

Laburnum Road

Wakefield

WF1 3QP

 

 

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This email transmission may contain confidential or legally privileged information and is intended for the addressee(s) only. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution, retention or reliance upon the contents of this e-mail and any attachment(s) is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.

If you have received this in error, please use the reply function to notify us immediately and permanently delete the email and any attachment(s) from your computer or electronic device.

West Yorkshire Police reserves the rights to routinely monitor incoming and outgoing e-mail messages and cannot accept liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content and, as internet communications should not be considered as secure, for changes made to this message after it was sent.

Any views or opinions expressed in this message may not be those of the West Yorkshire Police.

This email was scanned for viruses by the West Yorkshire Polices' anti-virus services and on leaving the Force was found to be virus and malware free. You must take full responsibility for any subsequent virus or malware checking.

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