Two search warrants were executed yesterday (11th April, 2017) at properties in the North West of England as part of an ongoing investigation into nuisance calls related to data theft from car body repair shops.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) carried out the searches yesterday at homes in Macclesfield and Droylsden.
They relate to an investigation into nuisance calls made to people to encourage them to make personal injury claims in relation to road traffic accidents.
This is an ongoing investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office into hundreds of thousands of cold calls made to people to encourage them to make personal injury claims in relation to road traffic accidents. ICO officers raided two homes and a business regarding the same incident in December.
Mike Shaw, Enforcement Group Manager at the ICO, said:
“Many people get unsolicited calls suggesting they’ve had been involved in an accident, and wonder how the caller had their details. Calls can leave them feeling uneasy and frustrated.
“We’re working hard to crack down on the illegal trade of personal details that fuel this part of the nuisance call industry. In December we searched three properties as part of an investigation focused on the North West. That investigation has now progressed, enabling us to search two homes today in order to gather more evidence.”