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Old 19 July 2010, 06:37 PM
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Icon104 How to tell if your phone is tapped

Comment: My phone does funny things (inexplicable beeps during conversation), so I
googled and ran across some phone numbers to call... but before doing so,
I wondered if you might know if any of them are legitimate?


HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR PHONE LINE IS TAPPED

This article describes how to find out if your phone line is tapped or if
the government is listening.

First Method:

1.

Call 101028817709889664

2.

You want to hear a voice that says 1 or 2 that means no tap is
underway. If you hear 3 or 4 you are tapped.

Second Method

You can also call your local service provider. For AT&T this is
800-648-4936

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If you are being tapped by a private party, you have to get a repair
person to come and check your lines. This will cost you money. The AT&T
Corporate Security phone number to initiate this is 800-822-9009.
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If it is court-ordered, law-enforcement, or government tapping, then
you have to call the Law Enforcement group of your service provider. For
AT&T, the phone number is 800-648-4936.
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Old 19 July 2010, 07:08 PM
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I highly doubt the first method is going to work - tapping phone lines is not something that law enforcement would disclose to any third party so that their target has a way of determining if a tap is occurring.
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Old 19 July 2010, 07:11 PM
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3. Say into the mouthpiece, "Hey, is anyone listening out there?" If you get no response, your phone may be tapped.
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Old 19 July 2010, 07:15 PM
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Our phone was tapped occasionally. I'm pretty sure it was part of the security checks the RCMP had to do on us because of dad's job. There was no beeping, but we were able to tell when it was being done. We didn't particularly care either. If someone wants to listen to me talk to my sister for an hour or make plans to see a movie with a friend, I say let them.
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I just want somebody to call that number, and tell us what happens. I'm too much of a wimp, myself.
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I just want somebody to call that number, and tell us what happens.
There was a beep tone, then an automated voice read my phone number back to me, another beep tone, then the automated voice said '0000000001.'

I guess we're safe ...
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I tried it and got a voice saying, "Oh, for Pete's sake! Nobody cares what you say."
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Back in the 70's on the farm we had to call the local exchange operator to route our calls. She could often be heard in the background during a call, obviously listening in during a boring evening shift.
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Old 20 July 2010, 04:45 PM
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Back in the 70's on the farm we had to call the local exchange operator to route our calls. She could often be heard in the background during a call, obviously listening in during a boring evening shift.
We had a semi-private line growing up, so there was one other house on the same line. You could hear them pick up the phone...which in our house meant display some common courtesy and start to wrap up your call cause the other party wanted the line.

A friend of mine was on a party line with 2 or 3 other parties. One party was her aunt and uncle (which wasn't supposed to happen, it was supposed to be an unrelated party) and her nosy aunt used to listen in on calls.
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A friend of mine was on a party line with 2 or 3 other parties. One party was her aunt and uncle (which wasn't supposed to happen, it was supposed to be an unrelated party) and her nosy aunt used to listen in on calls.
I don't know how they could have guaranteed that only unrelated parties shared lines. it was based on proximity, wasn't it?

A neighbor and I had a weird phone issue about 10 years ago. One of us would pick up the phone -- sometimes to make a call, sometimes because it had rung -- and hear the other one having a conversation. It was as if our two separate lines had suddenly started functioning like a party line. We each called it in to our provider. I came home a day or two later to find three phone companies working on the problem -- her provider, my provider, and the company that owned the lines.
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I just want somebody to call that number, and tell us what happens. I'm too much of a wimp, myself.
The second one is to ATT, though rather than phone taps, it is to let them notify law enforcement that you just requested that the last call made to you be traced and logged (*57)



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3. Say into the mouthpiece, "Hey, is anyone listening out there?" If you get no response, your phone may be tapped.


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Old 14 March 2013, 05:43 PM
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1) Dialing this series of numbers: 101028817709889664 does not work (at least for smart phones.

2) 800-648-4936 is reserved for law enforcement only.

3) 800-822-9009 is no longer in use by AT&T and the number the recording gives you (800-807-4205) is completely disconnected.
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