ICO executes search warrant at home of suspected ‘imposter’ who wanted exam results altered

February 21 15:29 2018 Print This Article

The Information Commissioner’s Office has executed a search warrant as part of an investigation into a person suspected of posing as an ICO officer to commit criminal offences.

A house in Ilford, East London, was searched in relation to an individual suspected of attempting to illegally obtain personal data from two professional standards organisations, by falsely claiming to be from the ICO.

The person is believed to have used various aliases, a fake email account, a non-existent job title and a counterfeit document to contact the organisations while posing as an ICO officer.

In a series of emails and phone calls, it is suspected they claimed that their own exam results and disciplinary records were inaccurate and demanded they be ‘corrected’ or deleted, under the accuracy provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Officers from the ICO’s Criminal Enforcement team seized mobile phones and computer equipment from the address for further analysis. Officers from the Metropolitan Police were also in attendance to offer support.

The investigation continues and organisations are advised that if they have any doubts about the identity of someone claiming to be from the ICO, they can contact the regulator directly for verification.

ICO Criminal Enforcement Manager Mike Shaw said:

“We will be carrying out a detailed analysis of the equipment we seized, in order to ascertain whether they contain any further evidence of criminal activity.

“This is an unusual but serious case and we would like remind organisations that they can always verify an ICO officer’s identity by contacting us directly.”

 

This post was originally published by ICO.org

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