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Bogus Workmen – Dundee (R012323)

Bogus Workmen – Dundee (R012323)

Thank you for your e-mail of 9 February 2016 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

“For the last three years, and this year to date, how many reports has COPFS received from Police Scotland about alleged incidents of bogus workmen/callers in the city of Dundee?

Please advise on the outcome of each case, the value of the money allegedly stolen in each case, and the nature of each case where known.”

I can advise that from 1 April 2012 to 31 January 2016 three cases were reported to COPFS alleging incidents of bogus workmen/callers within the city of Dundee.

One case report is still under consideration.  No action was taken in respect of the other two cases as there was insufficient evidence to raise proceedings.

Due to the small number of cases involved and the specific location of the crimes, I have concluded that the value of the money allegedly stolen and the nature of each case is information which is exempt from release under section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). This exemption applies because the information you have requested would amount to the personal data of a third party and disclosing it may lead to the identity of those involved in the cases being made known.  This would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998.  This is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the public interest test.