'Illegal' newspaper payments

An exclusive investigation by ITV News has discovered the true scale of payments made by many of Britain’s best selling newspapers for potentially illegal personal information.

View all 10 updates ›

Some of the methods used by Steve Whittamore and his associates to obtain information

  • Ex-directory numbers: Getting phone numbers which are not included in the Phone Book
  • Friends and family numbers: Getting BT Friends and Family chosen numbers (discounted calls to selected people)
  • Criminal record checks: Criminal Records Checks carried out on the Police National Computer
  • Vehicle registration: DVLA searches to get details from a number plate, such as the name and address of a driver
  • Blags: Where information has been obtained from an organistation by deception
  • Mobile Conversions: Getting personal details, such as a name and address, from a mobile number
  • Landline Conversions: Getting personal details, such as a name and address, from a landline number

More on this story