Some of this may seem a bit over the top but if you absolutely do not want anybody to know that you are calling Whistleblowers Ireland’s 7am-11pm 087 919 9113 hotline – here’s a few tips:
A) FOR CONTACTING WHISTLEBLOWERS IRELAND VIA PHONE.
1. Do not tell anybody whatsoever that you are either thinking of calling or that you have called Whistleblowers Ireland.
2. Withhold your number or call from a coin box well away from where you work/live or the routes to and from either.
3. If you are calling on a mobile, DO NOT call from your own mobile phone or one registered to anybody you know. Buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card with cash instead.
4. Make sure when you call, the call is made well away from any phone registered to you and in a different cell site and leave your normal mobile phone at home.
5. NEVER call Whistleblowers Ireland from a work or home landline.
B) IF EMAILING.
1) NEVER email from a work, home computer or smart phone registered to you, anyone related to you, friends or work colleagues.
2) NEVER use your own email account. Register an anonymous address – but make sure that address is registered using the guidelines below for sending emails.
3) NEVER have your own mobile switched on or anywhere near you when you either email us or register the anonymous email address.
4) Email us from an internet cafe OR buy a cheap laptop and 3G dongle for cash, don’t register either in your own name and email us using that – but always remembering to leave your own mobile phone at a different location some distance away from you while you email us.
5) NEVER use your own personal or work email account – either from home or from work. Regardless of whether you use a different name or not, you should be aware that it’s the IP address from the computer you use to contact us that can be used to eventually track back to where an initial email came from.
Above all, just be careful. You might follow all of the above tips and then go and stop off at a petrol station, use your VISA debit card – and there is then a record of where you were and at what time you were there. The above steps are to avoid various situations that could well arise in extreme circumstances.
If you are particularly interested in making sure nobody knows who you are – you would do well to stick to the above tips.
That said, you would also do well to contact a lawyer and one of the first ports of call could be FLAC – which run free legal advice centres. Their number is 1890 350 250. (If you could mention that we recommended them, that would be appreciated)You might also want to try Transparency International who run an advice helpline. It is not a direct legal advice resource. However, they can either refer you to a lawyer or – if you already have a lawyer – they can advise your lawyer. The number is 1800 844 866. (Again, if you could mention that we suggested them, that would be appreciated.)
And don’t forget to come back to us to blow that whistle in the press, if – after seeking advice – that remains something you want to do. We are not affiliated to any one media organisation and although we act like a press agency, we differ from many media outlets in that you are under no pressure to go public and we can guarantee to get your message out to as wide and varied an audience as possible. You will also have full copy and quotes approval before any article is sent to a news outlet.
Our number again is 087 919 9113 and the email address is contact @ whistleblowerireland.com