Just who do you think you are?

As an everyday Joe, being able to find out who is behind a phone number could help identify a crank caller, scammer or phone threat.  As an investigator we have long had resources for this type of thing, some that are free and many which cost money.

In my previous post titled Jenny 867-5309 I detail many sources used to help identify phone subscribers. Those were sources utilizing either caller ID data or directory assistance. But what if the phone number you are trying to ID is a mobile phone and is not listed in an online database? You could call the number and listen to the voicemail, but that would compromise your own phone number. Drum roll please…..here’s the turn.

Super-sleuth Robert Scott author of the “The Investigator’s Little Black Book” and proprietor of www.skipsmasher.com has created a nifty little investigative tool for the masses called Spy Dialer. How it works is you submit the subject’s mobile number into Spy Dialer and it anonymously queries the voicemail system of that number. The cool part is what magicians call the Prestige; a surreptitious recording of the subscriber’s voice and that’s not all…the ability to download the recording to your PC!

Well now you may ask, what’s the catch?  No catch. There is both a free and a paid service. The only vice of the free service is if your perp calls the number back it will play a short quip about Spy Dialer. The paid service is a very reasonable at $9.95 per year. There is even an Android app currently available and an iPhone app in the works.

So the next time you get this Prank Caller (offensive), the only question will be, do I want to be the victim or victor? Spydialer.com

Keep following those virtual breadcrumbs. ~ The Hi-Tech P.I.

Spying? There’s an app for that.

In the detective profession, you will undoubtedly one day have a client or prospective client who is so paranoid they think their neighbor can hear inside their house or their ex-boyfriend can secretly access their mobile phone. A person would usually assume that this is just paranoia brought on by some rivalry between two former friends or ex-lovers. Afterall, how easy is it to bug a house or surreptitiously monitor a mobile phone? Well the latter just got a little easier. A new Spyware program, created by mobile app developer DLP Mobile, was recently released called Secret SMS Replicator. This Spyware may be downloaded and installed on smart phones running Android OS. Once installed on the target mobile phone, the software is programmed to forward every text message received on that phone to a phone number of choice by the installer. To top it off the program runs silently and remains undetected in menus and processes. Apparently the only method of removing this malicious software is to delete the contents of the phone, or the “installer” must text the target phone with digits “000” (or a predetermined code), but must be done from the phone the texts are being forwarded to.

Here is the advertisement seen on YouTube:

This intentionally malicious program is available for purchase to the public on Handango.com at this link Secret SMS Replicator for $19.99. As an Android phone user, I perused the Android marketplace and found software that advertises removal of the above, but it seems relatively untested. So next time a person tells you that someone is intercepting their phone calls or text messages, don’t be dismissive, ask first if they have an Android phone. ~TheHiTechPI

*UPDATE- The Secret SMS Replicator is no longer available at the above link. It may be available somewhere else on the net, but since I do not condone its use, I am not going to search it out. (shame on you for trying 😉

Land of the free…

There are plenty of reverse phone look-up services that will reveal what type of provider and the name of the carrier for landlines and cell phones. My favorites for these are www.phonelookup.com and www.phonevalidator.com. But what if you need to know the provider for a “toll-free” number, so you can obtain subpoena data? Well I have seen these types of sites come and go pretty regularly, but my current favorite is www.customtollfree.com.