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How can I tell if my Phone is being tapped?

posted May 4, 2010, 4:07 AM by Nathan Smith
How can I tell if my Phone is being tapped? 
Monday, May 8, 2006, 11:05 PM
How can I tell if my telephone line is being tapped?

Dear reader,

As far was wiretapping, I assume you are referring to the N.S.A. and the recent news. The federal program is/was only used to track the calling habits and only recorded who people are calling in the effort to fight terrorism. (which numbers they call), no conversations were recorded, or will be recorded without a warrent. Interestingly enough the phone #’s you call is not privlidged information and law enforcement agencies, or private companies for that matter do not need a court order or your permission to know who you are calling.

If a law enforcement agency were to wiretap, they need a warrant to do
so. An exception to that might be for an individual on house arrest or
probation. However, I don’t think it is very likely done as a matter
of routine, it would simply be too expensive and require too much work
to do that with every person on parole or probation.

If an individual person wiretaps your phone line, illegally, they are
guilty of a federal crime, a felony.

To answer your question… it would not be detectable if a law
enforcement agency tapped a phone line as it would likely be done at
the local exchange carrier switching center, and not at your home. You
would not likely “hear” anything on the phone line if this happened.
If a criminal wiretapped your phone line, either in your house or on
the pole this could be detected by equipment, or perhaps you might
hear a click on your phone line.

Criminals such as drug dealers, loan sharks, mobsters, etc. often
avoid wiretapped phone by using a “disposable cell phone”, that is a
cell phone bought at say wal-mart for $50, with a pre-paid card paid
with cash. They might also use pay phones, but those are quickly
becoming a thing of the past.

57 Responses to “How can I tell if my phone is being tapped?”

1. kamo Says:
August 21st, 2006 at 7:58 am

I recently heard voices on my answering machine after someone left a message and hung up. Then I heard beeping as if someone was trying to shut something off and they were recorded on my answering machine. I fear that it may be a wiretap. It happened in the next call. I would hear the caller hang up and then there is still someone on the line. How can I check on this? I know that wiretapping can be in the home or on the pole. Is there a recommended device I could use to identify illegal wiretapping on my phone line?

Thank you,
2. Nathan Smith Says:
August 21st, 2006 at 1:02 pm


Most likely this could be the result of a technical problem more, than it would be anything sinister. Landline telephones use twisted pair wire in an attempt to eliminate interference from other phone lines, Sometimes telephone wire can sit next to wire in another phone line and interference can some times result, you may hear faint conversations on another line, and clicking. This is more likely to happen in apartment complexes, and college residence halls where a large number of phone lines are used and installation has not been done properly.

If you use a wireless or cellular phone, the problem could be interference, although typically modern cell phones and wireless phones operating using a digital signal which eliminates the possibility for interference.

A search on google for “phone wiretap detector” came up with a wide range of products priced from $20 to $500. One of the products promises to “detect tiny changes in line impedance”. My impression of these consumer products is that they are a rip off. There is no way to detect a professional wiretap such as a law enforcement wiretap that has been authorized by a judge that signed a warrant.

If you are truly concerned about a wiretap I would locate your telephone junction box which if you live in a house, would probably be located in the garage or a closet as this would most likely be the point of an illegal wiretap. If you live in apartment these are typically in a locked room beside the building, or in a utility closet. You can ask your landlord to see this location and look for alligator clips or any wires that may be pulled out and make sure this area stays locked at all times. You could also call your phone company and ask them to inspect the phone junction box - I wouldn’t tell them you suspect a wiretap - tell them you are getting interference on your line.

Wiretapping on a “pole” would be extremely hard if not impossible. Wiretapping inside your house or apartment would also be difficult unless others (like a landlord) have access to it. Professional, court ordered wiretaps would be done at the telephone switching office.

So what is really boils down to is - don’t spend your money on wiretap detection devices. Call your phone company and tell them about the problems you are having.

3. Tastyfish Says:
October 23rd, 2006 at 5:01 am

What about cellphones… how can one tell if the cellphone has been tapped?
4. Nathan Smith Says:
November 8th, 2006 at 7:31 pm

Most modern cell phones are digital, they send the signal in an encrypted stream of 1’s and 0’s, you would not be able to listen in without advanced equipment and the right information from the cell phone provider. Any government law enforcement agency must have a warrant signed by a judge. If they are listening in, you would have no idea this is happening, there would be no sounds or anything else that would be detectable without equipment.

With older analog cell phones that use the AMPS service in the 900Mhz band. It is real easy to listen in. Anyone with a radio scanner made outside of the U.S. or a so-called “modified” radio scanner needs only to turn it on, and tune in. It is a violation of federal law for a private citizen to listen to a cell phone conversation.

If you are not doing anything illegal, or are having conversations with people who are. I would not worry.

5. Benji Says:
November 10th, 2006 at 8:02 pm

I have heard clicks while talking to some of my friends across the country as well as out of the county. Also, I sometimes have interference that show up through my pc speakers : CB chatter I assume. I live in a city so it could be municipal communication. what do you think?
6. Nathan Smith Says:
November 10th, 2006 at 10:20 pm

PC speakers are very susceptible to RFI (Radio Interference), and certain cell phones are known to cause a “clicking” type of noise, in particular GPRS/GSM which is a worldwide standard like Cingular and T-Mobile uses, and IDEN like Nextel uses and other digital type cell phones.

7. Ayanna Says:
November 15th, 2006 at 12:48 am


I read on the internet that someone could tap your cell phone with specific equipement. Whenever, I dial a particular person, someone else answers the line and/or the call never goes through on my end and there is silence and/or I can hear what appears to be someone intercepting my calls and transferring the line. I read that my incoming and outcoming calls may be monitored if someone is wiretapping your line. I have a Metro PCS account utilizing a brand new Nokia phone. In addition, I have contacted other Metro PCS customers and they do not have the same problems with their line. Can you tellme if I should be concerned or not?
8. Nathan Smith Says:
November 15th, 2006 at 2:04 am

Metro PCS uses a digital technology, it would be very hard for someone to tap the line, or listen in on phone calls. If your phone was tapped - you would likely not hear anything. Especially in the case of a wireless (cell) phone, since the steps that would be required would be de-encrypting the digital stream and listening in with a radio device - think of it like listening to an FM radio station, it’s a one way street as the person listening is not also transmitting.

I don’t think it’s anything sinister. The problem you are having is most likely an issue with your handset, a cell tower in your area, or call routing/switching. The problem could be specific to your account. I would use the process of elimination to find out what your problem is. Does this problem only happen when calling a particular person? If so it could be a routing or switching problem between telephone carriers. Does this problem only happen when you are in a particular area? It could be a cell phone tower problem. If none of the above, ask Metro PCS to exchange your handset. (You may need to be insistent that your handset is not working properly). If the problem goes away - then you will know it is your handset that was the problem. Just because it is a new handset doesn’t rule out defective equipment.

9. larry Says:
November 16th, 2006 at 2:43 am

well at first my panasonic cordless phone which has a base stopped working, i thought that was strrange, i have a tele data guard which is supposed to scramble intercepts, that doesnt work anymore, so i plugged up 2 phones a working one and the panasonic which does not work anymore, when i hit the speakerphone, which is on the base, it says the line is in use and i hear a crackilng sound.. what is going on… im not a criminal…
10. Lynnsey Says:
November 22nd, 2006 at 9:49 pm

Hi. When ever my boyfriend calls me. the phone will click and then i wont hear anything. and it hangs up on us. but its only whenever we talk about a party or anything similar to that. is there a chance his phone could be tapped. responses would be nice


xoxo Lynnsey oxoX
11. Nathan Smith Says:
November 25th, 2006 at 6:18 pm

Lynnsey… doubtful it’s a wiretap however, I would not rule out someone listening in. Does your boyfriend on a landline and live with with a roommate or a parent the could be listening on an extension?

Easy low tech way to find out… Say something in your conversation about the person you suspect is listening in (parent, roommate, etc) and see if they react.

Best of luck,
12. Bhavna Says:
November 30th, 2006 at 12:28 pm

I dont know if my phone line is tapped from outside but i have been hearing clicking noises pretty frequently.. almost daily. i find that the volume goes off where the other person cannot hear me at all on the fone. i have had trouble now for the past month.. and also someone has accessed the numbers of my friends who i have called too. the person doing this does not live at my address nor do they have access to my house.
13. Kathy Says:
December 13th, 2006 at 1:12 am

Only when I talk with one certain person do I hear clicking on my phone and noises like someone is picking up. I have only one phone in my home and the other person only has one in theirs. A few times I have even heard the tone entering of numbers. When the other person hangs up and says they will call back, they state they have to try about three times before they no longer get a busy signal - when I have hung the phone up cleanly and no one else has called.
14. Christina Says:
January 18th, 2007 at 3:00 am

I’ve been hearing weird beeping noises on my cellphone for about 3 weeks now. Whenever I make or get a call, I will hear two faint, yet distinct beeps every few minutes or so. Is my phone tapped? It’s not the battery - I even brought my phone to the cellular store I subscribe to and they have no idea what it is. Any ideas?
15. sketch Says:
January 20th, 2007 at 10:25 am

what about if your phone service is through your cable internet provider how hard and or easy would it be to eavesdrop? how would you go about detecting if there are “unwanted individuals crashing in on your party line”?
16. Sheri Says:
February 5th, 2007 at 2:10 am

My phone’s been tapped going on 3 yrs. now. How do I know this? My neighbor where I recently moved from used to get my phone calls. Other words, my phone would light up and would ring into her apartment then hit my line on the 2nd ring. There’s an terrible echo and clicking. Also, I recently moved. I’ve had 5 technicians from At&T at my new apartment. Between the DSL tech.’s and the Landline tech.’s they continually patronize me. Claiming they have noooo idea what’s going on. I explained. I cannot get a line out through the wall phone. I hear someone picking up on my phone during conversations. My phone is ringing in an adjacent apartment; my light lites up and the ring goes near by then hits my line. I can hear the tap recording going in the background on my phone & hear them breathing!! I’m really upset to say the least. I don’t do any illegal activities, I do know of someone who is under federal investigation but I don’t talk with them.
Oh, one more problem to add; EVERY peice of mail I get has been opened already. Bills, Bank Statements etc. but no Identity Theft. The phone Co.’s are supposed to tell you (if you ask) if there’s been a warant for wire tapping aren’t they? S.O.S
17. Kinkos Says:
February 19th, 2007 at 10:34 am

okay this isn’t exactly about phones being tapped. My friend was at a party and bent over to pick up something. Her cell phone had fallen out of her purse and she saw it and reached to get it. Right then and there some kid grabbed it and ran off. They couldn’t find him and went back to the place 2 times looking all over. Her phone is like her life… she has probabley 100 numbers.. and now they are going to have all her friends numbers, e-mails, and screen names. She doesn’t know what to do and i’ve been searching the whole internet for someone with advice. I am aware that the last resort is to shut off the phone but she is just at the begining of a second 2 year contract, meaning that she would have to pay it off if it wasn’t found. There must be some way of tracking it but i am not exactly the smartest person in the world to think of how. Thankfully her battery is dead becuase it was dying when she lost it. They could buy a charger, i guess.
18. Johnny Cage(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Says:
February 21st, 2007 at 1:55 am

I know my phone is tapped because recently everytime i talk to people i hear an echo. If i don’t hear an echo, the person on the other line hears it. I own a Metro PCS phone and this problem is frequent with this company. You can try to brainwash me but I know my phone is tapped and it really is getting annoying! I am about to turn my phone off permanently and never use Metro PCS again, unless I can come up with a solution to this problem! I just want my rights, all of them. If I can find a way to counter tapping my cellular phone I would be a lil happier. Somebody Help Me!!
19. Nathan Smith Says:
February 23rd, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Cell phones that echo are a common technical problem. Do a google search on “cell phone echo’ and you will see lots of complaints about it. It’s not a tap. If it happens frequently call your service provider and get a new phone. Metro PCS has slightly better quality then two tin cans and a string - I’m not surprized at the echo.

20. Kay Says:
March 20th, 2007 at 6:52 pm

When someone calls on phone line, in the middle of conversation it clicks-Then also when a cellphone calls to home phone after a little while it disconnects our conversation-Why is this happening?
21. Shelby Says:
April 12th, 2007 at 9:33 pm

I have had different phones and lived in different places and each time there are beeps and spaces every once in a while on my phone. Especially when I talk about a certain person or discuss important details like where I am going. The phone is even disconnected at times while I am talking. I have come home (in different houses) and found that someone has gone through my stuff but not stolen anything. Shortly after I moved into my current house, I came home from work and someone had gone through my stuff again. This time they cut themselves on something. There were a few drips of blood on the wall by the door, above the phone jack and on my diary pages. At one house where I only had one line, I was talking to a friend downstairs, we heard static on the phone, then we could hear everything the people upstairs were saying through the phone and they weren’t on the phone!

Does anyone have an explaination that coule help me? Am I crazy to think my phone is bugged?
22. Kinkos Says:
April 26th, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Personally i do not think your phone is bugged. Once i got home to find a message of my cousins talking not to the phone but about home issues and they didnt know it was being recorded. What i assume happened in your situtation is that they may have tried calling you, waited a few rings, and hung up but accidently pressed something wrong. Or one of them was on a cell phone and the waves interfered with eachother. One time when i was vacationing to canada we had walkie talkies and listened to a different families conversaton about hiking down the grand canyon. Same basic consept in my mind.
23. Kinkos Says:
April 26th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

I always experience clicks during calls and think that the person im speaking with hung up. I don’t really care if my phone is being tapped becuase its done by someone who was obviously no life whatsoever. Needs somehting to do in his/her spare time. Even on my cell phone i will hear unidentified beeping and random dial tone for a few seconds. It is unexplanitary as to why. Hs anyone been really “hurt” by phone tapping?
It is the tapper with the problem not us.
24. Debbie Says:
April 27th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

My ex brother in law has a small security business. I dont know much about it. My ex calls then when I pick up the phone, it goes busy. Then I tried to call him back, it rings, rings, and when he pick up the line beep highly… Now is my broadband phone being tapped or does it mean he is recording our conversation with a special equipment or does it mean he tried to talk to me with 3 way calling with my consent. He sound funny. I tell him something in person face to face, then on the same day, he calls and say “Now tell me what you just said earlier?”
25. Debbie Says:
April 27th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

Oh Yeah I forgot to add that its a cellphone hes using.
26. Debbie Says:
April 27th, 2007 at 8:46 pm

gosh.. im so tire… let me rephrase this.. ” … does it mean he tried to talk with me with 3 way calling WITHOUT my consent.”
27. "G" Says:
May 19th, 2007 at 11:52 am

I am currently writting a paper on the ACLU v. NSA case. Actually, you are incorrect, the NSA was indeed listening to conversations. It was their Terrorist Surveillance Program that the ACLU was attacking not their call database.
28. fredia Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 7:33 pm

I live in an apartment and I dread going home everyday because I think… no, I know the guy above me is up to something.
When my phone rings, I can hear him walk to where my phone is, and when I start to talk, it is almost impossible for the people on the other side to hear me and vice versa. Then sometimes I hear a click and he walks away. Sometimes I wait a while before I hang up and a hear a series of clicks! This happens every time I pick up a phone call or start to make a phone call.
He pretty much goes everywhere I go which makes me think that he can actually see me. I know it sounds paranoid but this happens everyday!!! I don’t know what to do!!! Do I call the cops? I don’t have any solid proof! I can’t even make any important call from my house anymore! Is it possible for him to be watching me from above? Through the concrete or whatever?

29. Don Says:
August 4th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Recently my cell phone rang after asking for a pardon for my past behaviour from the RCMP. The number that showed up on my display said 105, though it looked like a strange number I answered it and heard a breathing sound a a few clicks and then the line went dead. I returned the call and all I got was this number is not in service. Please try again. Was this the law applying a tap to my line?
30. Curious George Says:
August 13th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

What is the traceability of pre paid Cingular/at&t go phone accounts, How do you tell (if at ALL possible) if you calls are being monitored, and what are the grounds for obtaining authorazation to wire tap such an account
31. Cheryl Says:
August 13th, 2007 at 4:38 pm

For Sheri:

I can’t help specifically with the problem of your phone being tapped, but regarding all of your mail having been opened BEFORE you get it…Go the post office and tell them of the problem, and they can help you figure it out. One of two things is happening: either your mail is being delivered into your mailbox, but somebody is taking it out, reading it, and putting it back in your box…OR…your mail is actually being delivered to somebody else’s box. Either way, the post office will figure it out. They’ll ask your carrier which mailbox he/she is deliverying your mail to. If it’s your box, then they’ll put an investigator on it to see who is taking it out of your box. If, however, they find that your carrier is actually delivering to the WRONG box, they’ll then know who to prosecute for reading your mail before you get it.

Either way, it’s a federal offense to tamper with somebody’s else’s mail…and you don’t need to prosecute them. The post office will!

Once you find the culprit on your mail problem, you can call the phone company, tell them that post office found the culprit, and DEMAND that they, too, take you seriously about the phone.
32. Joanne Says:
August 16th, 2007 at 1:16 pm

I have whistles blowing in my ear and the person I am talking to can hear this as well. A lot of clicking sounds. I live in a single family home where my closest neighbor is 1/4 mile away. From all of the emails what would cause this issue on my phone. Everyone tells me it is tapped, but no idea why it would be. I also was told if you dial 2002002 and it does not say your number it means that it is tapped. Is this true? I tried it and my number was repeated. Many weird issues on the phone and I live in a small town population 2500 and they live far away from me. So what would cause this as the phone company says it has nothing to do with their lines.
33. Nathan Smith Says:
August 19th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

This is becoming quite the popular topic. I’d have to say that hearing noise on your line (ie. clicking, popping, echos, other conversations, static) does NOT indicate a phone line is tapped.
Common noises are:
- Echos usually from wireless phones and cell phones. This is a technical problem not a tap.
- Another person talking. Common with cordless phones especially older phones and apartment complexes etc where a bunch of analog lines are shoved close to each other and can leak RF.
- Clicking and popping. The sound of an automated switching device. Some cellular phones particular GSM phones like those from AT&T and T-mobile can make clicking pulsing sounds just by the nature of the technology.
- Bad wiring, copper, fiber, can cause any number of noises or interference.
.. the disclaimer is, that yes an unprofessional wiretap on a home phone (analog) could possibly result in some sound. But, the person setting up the wiretap would need to climb a pole or enter your house. If some is that desperate and out to get you - well you got some serious problems.
In order to tap a modern (digital) cell phone, you need expensive equipment and lots of knowledge and in this case you would not hear any noises.
If you are hearing noises on your line call your telephone company and report the problem. Don’t tell them you suspect a tap because they won’t take you seriously.
34. NICOLE Says:
August 24th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

35. LeeAnn Says:
November 6th, 2007 at 11:29 am

When I am on my home phone talking to almost anyone, I hear a blank spot & the party on the other end hears a beep like someone hit a button on accident but no one has. It is not call waiting either cause the beep sound is diffrent. We will only hear this once durring our conversation. What is going on???
36. CDUBintheVDUB Says:
November 24th, 2007 at 5:57 pm

I just “signed” a Metro PCS “contract.”

They can … and DO provide personal information about you and your account….( Including with which RADIO WAVE that’s connected to your phone).. But you can mail them an OPT OUT letter … it’s all in their “contract.”
You do have rights! RIGHT?!?

Mail your OPT OUT disclosure letter to:

PO BOX 601119
DALLAS, TX 75360-1119

Keep in mind though - you also waive these ‘rights’ to jury trial - it’s there! In writing!
Although, my signature wasn’t even asked for on their agreement.

You can also obtain whether or not any of your information has been shared. It will take 60 days to get your response from the PRIVACY OFFICE there in Texas.

Keep in mind though … They also can change they’re policies at any time they please - as soon as it’s posted on their website - it takes effect.
37. Lee Says:
November 25th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Periodically my in ground phone will give a half ring and cut the person calling off. People were complaining to me. I had no problems with dialing out. My dentist receptionist dialed my home for me to listen. It sounded as if a computer picked up, a few beeps then hung up. I did not have the answering machine hooked up and I do live in a townhouse. This ususlly happens for a couple of weeks in Aug. or Sept.
38. Leslie Says:
December 12th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Nathan - ran across this blog and you seem very knowledgeable about phone taps. Quick question. Many years ago (probably before everything went digital) a telephone repairman friend gave me a number that I could call and punch in a series of numbers and, depending upon the responsive beeps, I could tell if my home phone was tapped. Over the years, I have misplaced the card with the number on it and was wondering if you have heard of anything like that for the “modern” phones.

We have a client who believes he phone is tapped. She has contacted the phone company but they won’t do anything unless she makes a police report.

Any recommendations??



I haven’t heard of any number you can call to test for phone taps. However, I know back in the day, there used to be a phone number you could call to flag the last incoming phone call for a trace. There are plenty of so called “tap detectors” for sale. I don’t think there is any good technology behind them - they are a gimmick. The best thing to do if a tap is suspected on a plain old phone line is to visually inspect the phone wires in the house, hire a professional if necessary. Cordless phones can be easily listened on - especially those made in the 80’s, so can old cell phones. Modern cell phones are harder to listen in on (using radio scanners). Professional law enforcement taps cannot be detected.

39. jtab Says:
December 26th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

when i am receiving a call on my cell phone, i can hear not only my phone”s ring but also the ring that should be heard only by the caller. should I be concerned?
40. Donna Carlisle Says:
January 6th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I have a digital cell phone. A motorola razor. I have a neighbor who has been harrassing me for years. He has a scanner, adn we were told early on, that he would be listening in to our phone calls. When I feel this is hapening, my own voice is coming back at me like I’m in a tunnel. Echoing back making it impossible for me to concentrate and carry on a conversation. Once he did this to another neighbor, and she cursed him, and told him to hang up. He hung up imediately. Now I am getting 3 quick beeps on my cell phone just after I enter the number I’m calling, and pushing enter.(call). I am highly suspicious that he has gotten my cell number by reverse cell number , since I no longer use my landline to converse..If you can help me with this, please let me know something. This matter has been in progress for some years, since the people do not want any neighbors, but refuse to move to the country. They just try to make their neighbors move instead…I”m widowed and need my home. Thank you inadvance for anything you can tell me.


Scanners can’t pick up digital cell phones only analog cell phones which are rarely used anymore. Furthermore, listening in on any cell phone is a federal crime. The echoing is not caused by a tap.

If this person makes you uncomfortable and has been threatening you, call the police and report it. If he possesses a scanner capable of picking up the range in which cell phones operate that is also against the law in the United States.
41. Des Says:
January 21st, 2008 at 11:48 am

# Christina Says:
January 18th, 2007 at 3:00 am

I’ve been hearing weird beeping noises on my cellphone for about 3 weeks now. Whenever I make or get a call, I will hear two faint, yet distinct beeps every few minutes or so. Is my phone tapped? It’s not the battery - I even brought my phone to the cellular store I subscribe to and they have no idea what it is. Any ideas?

It’s a service beep on your cell phone that goes off every two minutes. All you have to do is turn that feature off.
42. Anthony Says:
January 22nd, 2008 at 4:15 am

I desperately need to know how someone is able to do what they have done to my cell phone and my girlfriend’s cell phone. I have someone stalking me and I have reported it to the police and local security where I live. This person is able to do some really scary stuff and I’ve ruled out my girlfriend as a possibility of doing anything. There’s a girl who’s been able to send to both mine and my girlfriends cell phone text messages but making it appear as if my girlfriend is sending it to me or vice versa. I also ruled out that it could be coming from my cell phone providers website because the format where the sender is shown on my cell phone isn’t the same as when this person has texted me. I have no clue how it’s possible to do this and on top of that they have been able to delete all saved messages and contacts and everything from my phone and my girlfriend’s phone. Is there anything I can do to prevent this person from doing this or be able to do anything about this because even the local police aren’t of any help to me because they don’t believe someone can do this even though this person has sent messages masking herself as either me or my girlfriend’s phone even when me and my girlfriend are next to each other so we see that neither of us is sending anything.
43. Veni Says:
January 23rd, 2008 at 3:53 pm

I have a vonage phone that works through my cable. We have had many problems making and receiving calls. BUt what does it mean when I call a number and nothing happens. On my end the call does not go through but people that I call tell me their phone rings and there is no one on the line. Can this indicate a tap that is interfering with my calls going through? Vonage claims this cannot happen yet it does 4 or 5 times a month. My friends complain because they think someone is prn=ank callin them and they get scared. Please tell me what you think.
44. William Says:
February 13th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

I have been noticing strange sounds on my phone lately. It’s a sound like Bo-Deet, Bo-Deet it only does this twice when I receive a call from someone who has never called me before.
The phone company used to give the information about phones that were being tapped by saying there would be spaced beeps on the line. Now the information is no longer in the new phone new phone books.
45. napster Says:
March 5th, 2008 at 12:49 am

First, I personally know someone who owns a 900mHz scanner and it picks up digital and analog cell phones– I’ve checked it myself with my own cell phone. You don’t necessarily know who it is, but you can hear every call within 20 miles of it. Because most devices are made to receive interference, anything is possible. My cell phone picks up conversations from other cell phones nearby, and a baby monitor will pick up your cordless house phone (and your neighbor’s if they are close enough). As for law enforcement tapping your phone, they could be detected if their bunch of bungling stooges or a “super cop” just trying to make a name for himself. As for professional taps being unheard, it’s not very hard to do depending on your location. In major cities, it basically impossible to tap a line unless your Spiderman or a Super Mario Brother. But in rural areas, access is much easier. There are access panels on every street corner, virtually unguarded (and if said tapper is in a van all rednecks assume they”re from the phone company) and all you have to know is which line is whose. You’ll never hear it unless they connect or disconnect during the conversation (and who would do that unless they’re doing it illegally). As for calls bleeding over in apartments and the neighbor’s phone ringing for your call, that happens in the city. If you are in a rural area, that should NOT happen, no way no how. Call your phone company and have them fix your line. Now, someone help me with my problem. My caller ID is giving non- existent phone numbers. Is there a device people can use to mask or change their phone numbers? Whoever it is never speaks, I hear odd noise then the line goes dead? We’ve (the phone company and I ) have ruled out phone cards and service techs testing the lines. What else could it be?


Digital cell phone calls cannot be monitored on a scanner. Digital is an encrypted data stream which would sound like electronic noise on a scanner.

Yes, it’s possible to send a false number using caller ID. See my article Spoof Card Proves Caller ID Isn’t Gospel

46. Denise Says:
April 7th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I have noticed that since I have been going through a divorce, I have been experiencing some stange activity on my phone. If I mention something over the phone regarding my ex or anything personal about me, he always seems to know about it. I have cut ties with our mutual friends and I no longer have a relationship with my in laws. I also found out he has some ties with the government. Is there any way I can find out if he has my phone lines tapped either through his gov connections or if he has tapped my phone from the box or from the pole. A response will be appreciated!
47. Leelah Says:
April 9th, 2008 at 12:52 pm


For the last couple of years I have experienced the strangest beeping from my digital cell phone. It’s unlike the beeping I’ve read others have experienced. Every couple of months or so my phone will ring (with an unlisted number) and when I pick it up, I will hear a constant beeping sound (similar to a fax machine)….no voice….no click…nothing! This “person” calls all times of the day or night (EST), which made me wonder about an international source. Any idea what might be causing this? Or, more importantly, how I can get the calls to stop?
48. Sonya Says:
April 11th, 2008 at 6:21 am

Hi Denise, I know what you are going through. I am thinking the same thing from my ex-husband. I get alot of interference on a phone that never gave me any problems. Plus, he too knows things that he wouldn’t know. I was thinking of calling my phone company to say there is a problem and getting them to check the connections in the house. My ex still has access to the house as we haven’t sold it yet. If it’s true, then I know I definately have made the right choice in leaving this jerk.

49. Landon Says:
May 7th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

How can i tell if my text messeges are being monitored? I am 16 and i suspect that my parents might be monitoring them. Is there a way to tell?



Good. Your parents should be monitoring them.

50. lynn Says:
May 18th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Something is going on with my phone lines as well as all of my cell phones. There is always clicking on my phone when we are are our land line @ home. Also, I have several cell phones that my children and husband use…..recently someone called my cell number yet my son answered that call on my landline phone.(we do not forward calls). Today I sent a text message to my son and someone called me back saying they received it….this was a friend of my sons(It was sent to my son’s #). Can you offer me any help?
51. Melly T Says:
May 29th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

I have a question… Someone suggested to me that my phone may be tapped due to the fact that I send messages to different people and for some reason more and more, they are telling me I am sending them from different area codes from what seems to be all over. 519, 902, 250 and other random numbers….

It is through a cell phone, text messaging service - Can you tell me why this is happening
52. Jennifer Says:
July 20th, 2008 at 4:32 am

HELP!!!!!! ok so, my bf’s friend that he grew up with since he was just a little kid was just busted with a lot of hard drugs on him.(us, not associated with drugs at all) He is of course in Jail where he should be, but we (bf and I) were over at our friends house, who also was friends w/ the guy that was busted, and he believes his phone is tapped, he made me call him from my phone and it took about 5 seconds for it to ring and then before it rang it clicked, then I called my bf and it did the same thing, then I called just about every phone number in my phone and it didnt do what their phones did! Why is it that just their phones do it!!! we all have cingular, good service. I have a very strong feeling that their phones are tapped. Can cops or feds even do that with OUT your consent? I dont have anything to hide but I just want to know my rights. I dont want anything to happen to my bf, just because he was friends with someone who sold drugs. that could reallly hurt his chances of becoming anything in the law enforcement field! I know that u said you could not tell if anyone was tapping ur line but please tell me whats going on that only their phones do it, it cant just be a cawincedence (CANT spell that word! lol) PLEASE GET BACK TO ME ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
53. Sandra Says:
July 21st, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I suspect an ex boyfriend has hacked into my computer emails. He’s an ITT specialist. How can I find out? He has said some things that were personal that leads me to believe he has done that. Please help
Thank you
54. shiv mohanty Says:
July 29th, 2008 at 8:28 am

actually i wnat 2 know ,,,that if some body taps my cell phone then can he operate my cell phone according to his wish ???????????or make any changes in my cell phone ,????????????????is it easy 2 tap a cell phone?
55. shiv mohanty Says:
July 29th, 2008 at 8:43 am

a hacker has threatened me that he will tap my cell he stays 3000 kms away 4m me ,,,is it possible that my cell is tapped by him?
56. Diana D Says:
August 4th, 2008 at 2:18 am

hi i would like to know if it is possible, to call a number, *777 and know if your cel. phone is tapped ? my son’s friends tell him that if you call this number and get no signal, the phone is not tapped, if the police answer it, it is tapped, this is not a number I know to be a police number, but he tells me his friend has called this number and had the police answer it, i have called it and got nothing,,if he is telling me the truth, he is hanging around with someone that could be getting into serious trouble and i would like to put a stop to it, then again it could just be a lot of bull, i would just like to know if something like that is possible.or is it one of those ‘urban-tales’ thank-you Diana D,
P.S. i am in Ontario Canada
57. jemmie Says:
September 6th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

I have a phone with sprint, is it possible for someone to listen in my conversation? what do they need to know to do that? my number? access to my phone? thanks