If you think your phone is tapped, it may be time to look at your activity and consult with an attorney if necessary.
How it works
Now, let’s say you suspect your phone is tapped. How can you tell? The first thing to look for is an electronic click when you or anyone else on the line hangs up. This sound occurs when the device at the other end of the call cuts off its microphone and puts down its receiver; if there’s no such noise, it means that call was made through a wiretap rather than a bug (which doesn’t involve any action from either party).
Another telltale sign is if your outgoing calls are suddenly being routed through an unfamiliar number, one that isn’t listed in your directory and can’t be called back by anyone else in your area code. This happens because those types of phones often have their own dedicated “line” service that allows them to make calls without having to go through a central switchboard, and thus makes it easy for law enforcement agencies like the FBI or NSA to listen in on whatever conversations take place over those lines (or record them).
One of the easiest ways to detect a phone tap is by checking your phone bill. Look for charges from an unknown number, which could be your phone company’s way of alerting you that someone is using it. You can also check the call logs on your smartphone, as they may show calls between two phones connected by wiretaps.
If you suspect a wiretap on your mobile device, look at its battery usage statistics and see if there are any unexplained spikes in its power consumption (this may show that it’s being used as a listening device). Check whether or not there are any unusual changes in signal strength when making calls, and keep track of how many times per day you’re losing service because of bad coverage areas; if this happens too often, then something might be wrong with either your SIM card or the phone itself, and could mean that someone has tampered with it with no one knowing about it yet!
If you suspect that your phone is being tapped, there are a few things to consider:
- The illegal acts of tapping someone’s phone include intercepting the communications of others and listening to or recording them without their permission.
- It is legal for journalists and lawyers to tap phones if they receive permission from the person whose conversation they’re recording (or if it’s in the public interest). For example, a journalist could get permission from one of his sources by saying, “I have a potential story I’d like to tell about what happened at the meeting”, and then asking whether it would be all right for him to record their comments on tape. A lawyer could do something similar when interviewing witnesses who might provide information relevant to his client’s case. But suppose journalists or lawyers want recordings made this way. In that case, they must ensure that these tapes are preserved as evidence so they don’t disappear later. Otherwise, they may not prove useful in court.
What To Do If Your Phone Is Tapped
If you believe your phone is being tapped, look at the activity on your phone. Suppose a number or person shows up frequently on call logs or text messages, and they don’t appear to be someone you know. In that case, they may be trying to monitor your activities through your phone. Call them up and see what they say; if they sound unfamiliar and hesitant when answering questions about why they’ve called so often recently, this could be a sign that something fishy is going on.
If you think there’s evidence that someone has been listening in on private conversations related to criminal activity (i.e., drug deals), call the police immediately for advice about how best to proceed with the case.
You can also file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates wireless communications, including cell phones and landlines; However, it won’t necessarily affect whether police services are provided due to a lack of jurisdiction over crimes committed in multiple states at once, such as interstate drug trafficking, it may still help identify who was responsible for tapping into said communication lines for authorities like those at local law enforcement agencies within each state where such illegal activities took place (e.g., New York City Police Department) having access necessary information needed while conducting investigations related specifically relevant matters too serious ones particular instances.
We hope this post has been a helpful introduction to what phone tapping is, why it’s used and how you can detect it. If you suspect your phone is being tapped, don’t panic! The best thing to do if this happens is to contact a lawyer who can help you figure out what to do next. It’s important that if someone is listening to your calls or viewing your texts that they know they will get caught eventually because we have so many laws protecting privacy in America today.