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 Scammers up on UK law?

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seminal
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Had a request come through to my organisation from a "Fr4nk Sm1th", via a well-known (to me!) website specialising in sending out Freedom of Information requests to UK Public bodies.

The text of his request read, "Who do I talk to about comm3rc1alisation opportunities? Dear Sir or Madam, Can I please have a list of the different representatives for the different c0unc1ls around the country, in your 4ssoci4tion I would have to contact to inquire about a mutually beneficial business opportunity and their direct contact details? Yours faithfully, Frank Smith" (l33ted in case the website do me!)

I can refuse this request easily (Data Protection law overrides FOI for a lot of personal data), but has anyone else had a clued up lad trying to get new contact details in such an innovative way?

By using the aforementioned website, I dont get to see his email address, hence I cant track where he is Mad

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Ask a Moderator Always the right solution when game meets RL Wink
Can you sent attachments ? http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=154299&highlight=

Can you force them to contact you on your own email? Long list of names, existing huge db file, be more specific, can sort to order anything to get to their addy?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Is the request from a UK IP address? I can't see any reason for a non-UK person to need this information legitimately (and frankly you're probably well to just tell him to do one anyway, whoever he is)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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........website specialising in sending out Freedom of Information requests to UK Public bodies


Then what are they doing sending a message stating

Quote:
"Who do I talk to about comm3rc1alisation opportunities? Dear Sir or Madam, Can I please have a list of the different representatives for the different c0unc1ls around the country, in your 4ssoci4tion I would have to contact to inquire about a mutually beneficial business opportunity and their direct contact details? Yours faithfully, Frank Smith" (l33ted in case the website do me!)


I would have considered that an improper request and nothing to do with FoI, and maybe they should scrutinise what they're passing on if they don't wish to damage their credibility.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@GP: ^^^
You mustn't be thinking straight, this is a body of UK public servants after all, what makes you think they have any credibility to damage? Confused
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seminal
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@MBL - The website he has made the request through sends the email to us - I would need the original email he sent to the website to get his IP

@GP - I've no problem in refusing his request on a number of FOI exemptions. However, I will wait until the 20th working day after his request (as within the realms of the FOI legislation), just in case he is on tenterhooks waiting to receive all this information!!

@TT - How very dare you sir! I take that as an affront to the public sector Laughing Actually we're very good to release information to FOI requests!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

If the site is by the guys who started out with faxyourMP all those years ago, I doubt you'll get the originating IP address - best just sit on it and reject it I guess Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:53 am Reply with quoteBack to top

seminal wrote:


@TT - How very dare you sir! I take that as an affront to the public sector Laughing Actually we're very good to release information to FOI requests!


and so do I.

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