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Is Someone Spying on Your Phone?

by on March 30, 2012
in Phones and Mobile, Cell Phones, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy :: 747 comments

[Editor's note 2/9/17: Since this article was written five years ago, many new phone hacking methods have been developed and/or discovered. We've created a new article to cover those various hacks in our new story: How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked. Please go there for the latest information. We're keeping this story active for the issues and useful advice contained in the comments.]

You probably know there are plenty of apps you can install on your smartphone to track its location in case it gets lost or stolen. Apple's “Find My iPhone” is one good one and many security apps, such as AVG Mobilation, can track down a phone in seconds.

But what if someone else is tracking you? Is there any chance your boss or spouse could be spying on everything you do on your phone?

It’s easy to do. Spy apps are plentiful and can imperceptibly track text and e-mail messages, location, Web sites you visit, who you call and what photos and videos you shoot. The problem is these apps are difficult to detect and run invisibly in the background.

I decided to track my son and installed an app on his phone called Phone Control by Laucass (free on Google Play). Of course, secretly intercepting electronic communications without the person's knowledge and consent is illegal, so I told my son I was doing it and that I’d only use it if I had good reason.

Every day I receive emails that indicate my son’s location as he’s using his phone out in the world. I can click on those links in my email to see via Google Maps where he is (although I very rarely do). I could also set up the app to send me data about everything else he’s doing on his phone, but that’s not something I personally need—or want—to do.

Signs your phone may have been compromised

Someone borrowed or took your phone

I had to have my son’s phone in hand to install Android Phone Control. Once activated, however, there’s no icon in the application launcher. The app shows up with the name “Android System” in the applications manager so it doesn’t look suspicious. If you think someone could do something like this when you’re not paying attention or asleep, secure your phone with a passcode that isn’t easy to guess.

(Editor's Note 9/26/12: To confirm you have the spyware and not a standard Android app by the same name, follow these steps to open the spy app (dial the phone number.)

(Editor's Note 8/28/13: See our in-depth study of mobile security apps for more detail on 9 of the most common spyware programs and how to detect them.)

(Editor's Note 12/16/14 (Josh Kirschner): In some of my comments below, I noted the unlikelihood of spying on iPhones that were not jailbroken. However, since many of those comments were made, certain holes were identified in iOS that exploit the iPhone's connection to trusted networks and devices to allow someone with access to the network or device to download significant amounts of personal data. Jailbreaking the iPhone was not required. Fortunately, those holes have been patched in iOS 8. For more information, see: http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=3820]

Your phone is acting weirdly

Taking forever to shut off, lighting up for no reason, suddenly getting much shorter battery life or running hot when you’re not using it may indicate hidden processes are running in the background.

Your data usage skyrockets for no reason

This could be because your phone is checking in with someone else, using GPS and sending them text messages or emails that communicate where you are and what you’re doing.

What to do if you suspect your phone's being monitored

The best thing to do is perform a factory reset, which you can find as an option in your phone’s settings. Know, however, that in doing so you will lose all data stored on your phone, so back it up first.

If you’re using Apple iCloud or Android 4.0, items like your contacts, photos and music are automatically synced and saved in the cloud. But if you have an older phone, you’ll want to make sure to export your contacts before doing a factory reset. There are various ways to do this depending on what phone you’re using and which operating system it’s running. If you’re not sure, get help from your cellular provider; they can make sure to retain your contacts and other important data during a factory reset.

You'll then want to use a strong passcode to prevent unauthorized access to your device. For Android devices, you can also install an app, like AppNotifier (free on Google Play), that will email you when programs are loaded onto your phone.

(Editor's Note 9/26/12: See our updated recommendations for Android antimalware solutions)

(Editor's Note 8/28/13: See our in-depth study of mobile security apps for our latest recommendations on how to protect yourself.)

You'll then have to tackle the issue of who's doing the monitoring. Keep in mind that if your device was issued by your company or is authorized to access your company's email and other data services, you may have given your consent as part of your employment contract or when access was data access was granted.



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Who can help me when someone is stalking me on phone?

From Deborah Fochler on March 06, 2013 :: 8:46 pm

First, I am not crazy. Someone has managed to set my phone so that when I get a call they are on with me. If I call a certain person, I have two open lines. When I log onto my computer, a lot of times this person who is doing this is online with me. They have managed to get my checking info and have used my debit card and 2 credit cards. The bank caught and reversed the charges but I had to have the cards reissued. But they were under $200 so the cops wont get involved. Everywhere I turn for help, I get nowhere. Why first thing I said - I am NOT CRAZY.  How my internet supplier acts, and my phone company is useless. My phone is a Droid and my computer is running on wireless Windows 8. Any help would be most appreciated.

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Can you tell me more info?

From Josh Kirschner on March 07, 2013 :: 2:15 am

Hi Deborah,

It’s hard to help without knowing more information. How do you know someone else is on the line with you when you get a call? And how do you know someone is monitoring your Internet activity? What signs are you seeing?

Are you currently running any antimalware on your computer or cellphone?

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First, on my phone if

From Deborah Fochler on March 08, 2013 :: 4:30 am

First, on my phone if I try to call a friend who lives in another city - I get 2 open lines - her number and the girl who is pretty much stalking me. Which means that I cant talk to my friend without her on the line (like a conference call). If my friend calls me - it rings on her phone and on mine. On most other calls _ I can hear another person in the background. But only time the phone actually shows two open lines is for my friend who I just talked about. Verizon is useless. Have actually shown them what happens and they dont know what to do about or even how it happens.
On my computer, I have a program called “logmein” which lets my computer person log in and fix problems I may be having. However, daily this stupid person is logged into my computer - it shows her name and computer as logged in. Guess they didnt realize that it would do that. Her son works for the military on computers so I think he is the one who has done it. I recently got a large sum of money and they (assuming) managed to get my checking and credit card numbers and use them. but the bank caught it - three times in the last week.
Sorry, this is so long but hope you have some info that can help me. thanks

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I'm still not clear on

From Josh Kirschner on March 08, 2013 :: 9:46 am

I’m still not clear on what you are seeing on your phone and how you know there are “2 open lines”. What I would recommend you do is perform a factory reset on your phone, which should remove any malware if there is any on there. After the reset, download one of our recommended antimalware products for your phone (see link in the article above).

Since you know how someone is getting on your computer, you should remove logmein and find another way to get your tech support. Also download the free version of Malwarebytes from Malwarebytes.org and do a complete system scan of your PC for malware. And, if you don’t have an antimalware software on your PC, that is a must do. You can find our recommendations in our computer security buying guide>.

Let me know what the Malwarebytes scan finds and if the phone reset fixes the problem.

This happened to me too

From Kim Masterson-curci on May 26, 2015 :: 10:50 pm

She probably had V_____N F__S.  I don’t know if I’m allowed to put down the actual internet provider, but you can figure it out.  Hardwire your computer.  don’t go wireless.

never use debit cards to pay for anything.  Have the best security and anti spy anti virus program on your devices you can afford.

change your pin codes, passwords, and devices when you’ve been hacked and your personal info compromised.  don’t do banking on your pc. get statements sent to your home.  don’t go paperless billing.  And then pray no one steals your mail out of your mail box.  Actually never let mail sit over night in your mail box and that should reduce that possible breach of security.

I’d like to know what happened to Deborah in her situation.

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The very same thing has been happening to me.

From Matt on November 22, 2018 :: 5:17 pm

I have been going through everything you have described for the last year along with a good friend of mine that I communicate with over our Android phones. Both of us have tried EVERYTHING for almost a year now. New account passwords, new phones, new Google accounts. Countless factory resets. The first time I noticed was when my Android phone was iinstalling apps and opening and closing different tsettings and apps by itself, someone had remote control through my Google account and took over my win 10 laptop, ps3, ps4, Amazon firestick, iPad mini and smart TV with Roku built in. They would take control of every device when I would notice that someone was spying on me when I heard my camera faintly taking selfie pics of me without me touching it and finding recordings of of my conversations and snapshots Everytime I would enter a password. When I would try to kick them off all of my dvices, it’s like they just took over and locked me out. They’d still have control after a factory reset and password change. I’m at my wit’s end. I sometimes see that there are up to 8 people that this person who keeps gaining access to new phones, new accounts ...etc is sharing my mobile data and modem signal with, even when I would unplug my modem and unscrew the coax cable and take out my sim at the same time. They would still somehow be remotely controlling everything. So please… someone, ruddle me this!!!

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I, too, have had wireless hacked & all computers & phones compromised

From Cierra on April 16, 2013 :: 4:20 pm

I first noticed some odd things happening in my computer, I had just got a new all-in-one desktop sold but gateway but manufactered but Acer (Acer Black?) For gateway. My system was hacked through my wireless provided but my internet. In the beginning it was just a little annoying things, not realizing I had been hacked. But them when it started getting worse & as I begin deleting files & shorcuts he left the more be downloaded & changed until be eventually changed ownership & administrator to himself, set permissions stopping me from accessing my C:\ drive. There little icons that look like shields on certain settings & commands that lock the current settings and can’t be changed but me (I.e. I cannot take back to factory settings, can’t delete anything, disable or change. I can no longer access my internet, not sure exactly why but be has moved some files & command options to a “top level domain” where be is also rumning a network. In the system root is twhere be has set up files restricting me & has a lower level you can see water more.) To much to name but I eventually had my internet shut off. I had two IT persons access remotely to clean it up but be was right back with all files within 10 minutes each time. A microsoft tech was going to look at it but but then be set up something restricting remote access to only himself. It originally started on my husband’s computer but when I went to set up the been one, be preferred it. We have a total of 5 computers in this house & not one we can use. So after shutting off my internet & wifi, be accessed my phone (Pantech Breakout G4) for wireless. My data use is crazy, our shared plan minutes that in 4 years we have never come close to using but a little over half in a month was almost all used in the first 6 days of our cycle. My internet provider after 3-4 complaints a month for over 4 months, never once sent out a tech about the wireless hijacking and when I finally proved there were files or viruses planted in the modem all they did was mail out a new modem but no extra security on their wireless. My cell phone provider has tried to assure me that items on my phone are just how it works, settings changed, pictures in my gallery I never took, apps I never downloaded, wifi turned on, I turn off, instantly back on & the struggle continues until I pull my battery. All sound turned off, I turn on, gets turned right back off & the list goes on. They say this normal activity for this phone & OS. They continue to tell me it is virtually impossible to back my phones wireless! So they do nothing, contacted & reported to FCC & received a copy of their letter stating I just don’t know how to use it properly. Filed a complaint the FBI with no response! What can I do? I am on disability, fixed income, out of money & no longer can I access my main connection with outside wotld. HELP!! Thank you

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You're describing a lot of

From Josh Kirschner on April 17, 2013 :: 12:43 am

You’re describing a lot of issues that are difficult to diagnose without access to your devices. However, a few points.

If your PCs are infected with malware, it is highly unlikely that it happened by someone hacking your wireless or modem. Much more likely is that the malware was installed when you visited an infected website or opened a file in your email that contained the malware program. Or else someone with direct access to your PCs installed it manually. Once one PC was infected, it is possible to infect other PCs on the network, depending on your setup. Did you have an anti-malware program? And, if so, which one? Also, in the future, you need to disable java in your browser - this is a very common attack vector for malware.

Since your issue is rather complex, I suggest you take your computer to your local Best Buy and explain the problem to the Geek Squad. They should be able to get administrator access back and clean out your PC if they know what they’re doing. Alternatively, if there is a Microsoft store in your area, that may be a better place to get support.

For your phone, your carrier is correct. Hacking via WiFi is extremely unlikely. If your phone is infected, then it happened either when you downloaded a bad app or someone with physical access to your device loaded malware. However, without a clearer picture of the issues you’re seeing, it’s impossible to tell whether the phone is hacked or not. When in doubt, do a factory reset on the phone and that will remove any issues.

Hope that helps.

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your both right

From Hacked on April 22, 2017 :: 11:02 am

The woman is right her computers and telephones can both be hacked.  Someone has to have access to one of them briefly especially the computer or like the gentleman said open malware etc.  I was hacked through my Microsoft account by my x and he I took it and linked itv to my Google account and then linked them to his email. He made my account like it was a company so has administrative orivledges and i was locked out of both my computers and I’m on phone number 7 in a ye as r and a half.  I have face book imbedded in my phone.  When I instant message its recorded. My accounts on my computers were migrated what ever that means and any computer or phone I get on I’m hacked. He is no longer here I’m on phone number   8 .  Had to destroy my computers because he changed the operating systems then remotely hacked me with his x box.  Im getting a new computer then I havevto call microsoft and theyvsre going to try to help me get unhacked. He came by on easter firv5 minutes to pick up something and the next day phone 8 was hacked. My new google account thstvi put on this artiv le is now a samsung account and im locked out and the operating system of this Samsung galaxy 3 is changed and the phone will be useless like the 7 before. All my contacts are gone and can’t get to Google or the play store. All contacts wiped out and operating system changed thriugh him beaming my phone. He never touched it.  He active physophrenia and thinks everyone is out to get him. I don’t believevill ever be unpacked. I’m hacked through micro soft outlook. Google facebook yahoo Samsung, messenger, computers, phones,  you name it. I snuck and tried to do my income taxes on my sisters laptop and one drive was installed on it the next day. I made a new account and didn’t even use my name in it so it had to be through my phone number. I have fought this tooth and nail for 2 years with him denying it the whole time. I have pictures of where my account was taken over and then migrated. Who do I report this to. H oink w doin ever get unpacked with all these email accounts out here that I can’t get into. Ma’am your not crazy if you think your phone is hacked I bet the house it is. People acted like visas crazy at first. Then I started showing them proof like a brand new LG phone that in the drive said the date was 1975. Or got a new phone new number and new SIM in April and there was a saved message on it from February. How could that be possible?

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I am going thru the Hackery He'll as above.

From Denise on June 30, 2017 :: 3:38 pm

Not even remotely crazy here!! I was called that too. I’m on my 14th phone in one year. 4 brand new tablets are inoperable, as well as my old laptop and brand new laptop. I have been to every metro on a 25 mile radios for help, they all know me by name ( crazy) I know more about the phones now than they do!!! What I did find out is your Bluetooth can now connect to web pages, I have 100 plus overlays on my apps. The buttons you think your clicking is actually something to further hack your shit. 500 factory resets later and it’s still in my phone. N.f.c.beam sync and now this Wi-Fi web calls all turn on when I do the useless hard resets. 16 emails are gone, I constantly have to re-enter my password do the Loonie in control of the phone always has the passwords. Now when I did my re-sets I started looking in the system files, as well as feedback, you can look at your system logs. I NEED somebody that can write code, script, in Linux. I found out when I factory re-set, some sneaky loser put a pre-load called packing box/cm_android_device_lenovo_Stuttgart. It is located where all the web developing hackers create and test their latest Hackery on github.com. I also have some java Lang in my web browser that redirects me to fake and scripted sites. Google play services,  Google play instant services, chrome the weather, gidget are not as they appear to be. The photo gallery, calculator, calender and my messages app are also being used for something other than they are supposed to. I ended up losing a very good job I loved because I went to them and told them I had some asshat in my phone only to be targeted by my mangers and told to go to their counseling services. I have contacted the sheriff, FBI, Fcc, channel 13 news only to be told there is nothing we can do, more like nobody has a clue or resources to help. I don’t talk about it to anyone now. I don’t talk, text, email and I haven’t been on fb in months. I am helpless in finding a new job as my email accounts get deleted or i don’t get emails. My contacts are gone, phone records, takes pictures ohh and best of all when I do go somewhere I have 20 GPS satellites following me!! It is in my cars computer system which scares me to death because who knows if the brakes or steering can be controlled as well. There is soo much more, however I’M AM MY WITS END AS WELL AS FEELING EXTREMELY ISOLATED AND VERY DEPRESSED. IF SOMEONE KNOWS HOW TO REVERSE THE SCRIPT OR CODE THAT MY FRIEND WOULD BE MUSIC TO MY EARS AS WELL AS GIVE ME BACK MY MUCH ENTITLED PRIVACY BACK. NOW, THE IDIOTS THAT PUT THIS ON THE PHONES SHOULD HAVE IT PUT ON THEIRS TO SEE HOW HELPLESS IT MAKES YOU FEEL. THANKS!!
I HOPE THIS POST HELPS SOMEONE ELSE!!

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Help me

From Angie on April 09, 2018 :: 5:18 am

How did you catch him my man has done the same to me i even have people following me and my children for 12 years now

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Me too

From Cee.Ess on November 21, 2017 :: 11:12 pm

This exact same thing has/is happening to me.

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Programs

From Chris on March 10, 2017 :: 2:33 am

Try this app called spell check. It also has a grammar check as well. It helps when english is your second language. I really enjoyed it.

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This sounds like Gangstalking

From Ryan on July 28, 2017 :: 9:24 am

I’m a professional Network Security Analyst/ At a fortune 500 company. I secure Financial data for banks.

After talking about the wrong things on the internet, such as 11:11, awakenings, and healing. I’m being targeted by organized stalkers. Life feels like its coming to an end after 7 yrs of this. It’s gotten worse all of a sudden.

Anyway. Despite my profession, I can’t secure my personal computers, networks, and phones from these people. They monitor everything in real time.

This is our tax dollars at work. People need look up Gangstalking.  People like me are just the test subjects. There are so many victims now that everyone probably knows one.We just dont talk about it because its designed to make you look crazy if you do.

But understand people. This is going to be rolled out globally. Everyone will be dealing with this.  So far it’s like 80% affective in killing the targets over time. How does it kill them? Suicide….

It’s a sick world. Wish I were BS’ing about this.

I’m not

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Please consider other options

From Josh Kirschner on July 28, 2017 :: 11:20 am

I doubt my advice will do much good, but if you believe there are gangs of people (organized by the government or otherwise) stalking you and your technology everywhere you go, I strongly suggest you at least consider talking to a psychiatrist about it. Even if you 100% believe what you’re saying to be true, just talk to a psychiatrist to get an opinion.

There have been a number of articles on Gangstalking, such as this one from the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/11/health/gang-stalking-targeted-individuals.html) which support approaching psychiatric care. I know this may be interpreted as the New York Times (and, I guess, me by extension) as being in on this massive conspiracy, but hoping those who believe they are being Gangstalked may consider the alternative possibility that is a mental health issue that can be treated.

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As I said. Gangstalking is designed to mimick Mental Ilness

From Ryan on July 28, 2017 :: 4:16 pm

I understand why you would reply to my post thinking I should seek professional help. I had a friend that was dealing with this for years, and I knew for sure he was a paranoid Schizo,or that he had to be experiencing psychosis from some drug he was using and not telling anyone. At some point I wrote him off. I couldnt believe such a respectable guy could go so far down hill, and out of his mind like that.

Well now he’s no longer with us, and I wish more than anything I could apologize, and tell him that I know now.

Anyone that talks about this to a shrink will be put in for a hold, and placed on medication. Strong medication. And everyone who has made this mistake has taken the meds, and then been switched to all kinds of other meds. But they never stopped hearing and seeing the things that they originally saw the shrink for, However, as I said. I fully understand anyone not dealing with this believing the victim is crazy. It is a crazy situation.

Lets try to keep in mind the fact that Schizophrenia always sets in in the late teens, early 20’s if a person is going to develop it.

Yet suddenly all of these people in their late 30’s early 40’s are suddenly hearing voices, being placed on psych meds, and then going on shooting rampages, and then taking their own lives. The one thing every one of these people that have done these mass shootings had in common, across the board. They were all on psyche meds, or had been shortly before the crime.

I can tell you for sure someone close to you is dealing with this right now, and not telling anyone. Wanna test that? Next time youre at a get together, or family gathering. Just kinda jokingly say that you’ve heard about a new tech bulletin that was talking about V2K technology, and the ability to project voices into people skull. Ask if anyone has ever experienced it. I guarantee you that someone in the group has. Even if they dont say immediately. They will come to you in private.

Its not mental illness. Its a system of control, and a human garbage disposal. I have an IQ in the top 2% of the world, I’ve done amazing things in my career. I’m always the first person to befriend the underdog, or outcast. Put my hand out to help someone that everyone else is stepping over, or passing by. Put all those traits together, and I’m considered human garbage. (Who knew)  This started in my mid 30’s.

They are targeting people for specific reasons. If you show a strong sense of empathy. You can become a target. If you’re a single mom. You can become a target. If you’ve collected unemployment to the end, more than once. You could be a target. If you’re on dating, or hookup sites. You can be a target.

When your phones and PC’s are being hacked like this. It may not be someone you know. It could be that they are considering you as a potential target. And they are collecting all your data, and monitoring your life in order to find anything that could represent what they feel is immoral behavior. They will typically give you a warning, then bait you into doing the same thing again. Then you’re a target. Forever.

Dont let them convince you that you did something to deserve what’s happening. They will stand on a moral high ground against anything they can make you feel guilty about. But these people are occultist, and thugs, and drecks, that have been contracted to stalk you. There are intelligence community members overseeing it all. Understand these people have no morals whatsoever. Never believe they do. These are the same folks responsible for all those missing person posters you see. They worship the worst of the worst, and that’s what they are.

Okay time to go take my Zhanhoffs. They work. I no longer see the leprechaun on that stump. Or the magical closet of mystery lol I’m kidding folks.

But everything before that last paragraph is absolutely true.

While youre getting all your stuff hacked, you’re probably getting tons of spam calls on your phone, and landline right? Never really trying to sell anything though huh? Also, the worlds rudest people have moved into your area, and not only are they rude but they drive horribly aggressively. Always on your rear bumper, or slow in front of you, etc. And people seem to talk about things that are going on in your life at the grocery store, or anywhere in public…..   

I’m wrong for a lot of you I’m sure. But there are plenty that are experiencing exactly this. Please reply and confirm folks.

Last point. Aren’t we past the point of listening to MSM outlets like the New York Times. They would never cover up for something Purely Evil. Right?  Need I say Hillary?  .....

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Also targeted by organized stalkers

From Shante on March 06, 2018 :: 11:07 pm

After on YouTube I threw psychoanalysis on Trumps behavior, everything on my Wi-Fi went freaking nuts within few days. All spotify accounts were not how we left them. When used, it was randomly switched, paused, changed etc in front of our faces. I’ve been logged out of my bank accounts every few days, WUMW app showed mysterious users from Thailand,Morocco etc, I lost internet connection or slowed data constantly. Lately my neighbor was taking pictures and videos with my phone that I was at least 3 meters away from (and without voice command settings on). I believe he did it through Bluetooth right after I answered “f!ck off” when again he was knocking on my door for a favor while not being able to even introduce himself. I always have Bluetooth on for activity tracker so it was basically my fault, but still… And no Josh, for many spoofing/phishing etc softwares it is not possible to erase with factory reset because they bind themselves with operating system (common knowledge since at least 2009).

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Spam calls? Kill me now...

From Shante on March 06, 2018 :: 11:38 pm

At the beginning of Wi-Fi attacks I started getting my countries language specified (mostly) Facebook invites from “fake prostitutes” then (week after Wi-Fi attack) after I factory reset my phone, I was getting up to 8 spam calls a day, now (month after) it’s just 1-3 every day or every other day. Two days ago some Hassin was calling my mobile Skype whom I immediately blocked (who the hell unknown calling anyone on Skype). But yeah… Even without any hacking you are hacked by your own permission these days - I talked (vocally, not in writing) with my boyfriend about getting a loan - I’m suddenly getting specified banking offers on my phone constantly for a week. I’m talking about menstrual cramps -within minutes all my usual tool and tech commercials turned into specified lady product offers, etc etc… It’s exhausting but the world is addicted to this comfort of mobile devices, so “the 1%” can do with us whatever they want because we are ready to click any “I Agree with the rules and conditions…” just to get “instant” anything, shortening our memory and focus spans so “we” are more manageable. Just out of topic being a total douche I’ll also throw in my points of ability to observe, analyze etc (IQ) which is at 133 so I believe I catch some things a little more than an average “sheep”.
(Sorry, English my 3rd language wink )

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Your right

From Samyaza grigori on May 09, 2018 :: 3:55 am

Very true i wrote about the game on bluelight.nu Years ago

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Can someone hack into my ph while I'm talking on the phone?

From PlzHelp on April 18, 2013 :: 6:10 am

I use BB Bold9700. Is it possible for anyone to hack into my phone without knowing my cell ph number? What if that person is standing next to me for some time while I’m talking on the phone (in other words, when I’m talking on the phone, my phone is not locked and that should give him more than enough time to install spyware/malware on my phone.) Is it possible? Please help. This is a question of my privacy and I’m really worried.

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I think the government and FBI

From Nic on May 01, 2013 :: 11:29 pm

I think the government and FBI can Listen to ever buddy’s phone ans I think they do 24-7 so if your boyfriend is a FBI he can do it

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what is it

From sara H on May 12, 2013 :: 4:16 am

can you please tell me what is the app called where someone can see who u can text and call and how does it work I need to know if my bf put in my phone hope u can email me back ASAP

THANK YOU MUCH

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There are many spyware apps

From Josh Kirschner on May 22, 2013 :: 11:56 pm

There are many spyware apps available, and almost all remain well hidden. The best thing to do is download free antimalware from AVG or Norton and scan your phone.

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15 years experience

From Carlos Carpenter on January 25, 2018 :: 6:30 pm

You are wrong sir there are mind control freaks that have technol subliminal voice messaging exist ogy they never should have been exposed to they can harass you constantlysubliminal surveillance equipment exist

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Subliminal harassment is so real

From J D on January 31, 2019 :: 11:59 am

People who do it just think they rare doing the world a favor tell that to the 12 yr old girl that killed herself over facebook harrassing and had no one that believed the truth but ignored it for watever reason like my family who thinks im crazy , and all i tell them is the hendering part of it over the fence i found out recording and playing sound back amplified 2000 times with audacity or wavepad on guitar amp back in their direction is a good way of letting your neighbors now the truth helps with no one else around gets harrased but i need help on how to aproach someone like a lawyer or police because i got hours of proof but how do you go to someone and say im a targeted individual and they are not scared i need a giood way to aproach this

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How do I know if someone in spying on my cell phone?

From maria on May 21, 2013 :: 3:36 pm

My phone has been doing something really odd and very weird recently. This has never happened ever to any cell phone I have owned. My boyfriend called my cell phone fromm his own cell phone not wife’s cell phone and his ex-wife full name and number pop up on my caller ID but before that it showed nickname I had saved in my contacts for my boyfriend but for some reason when my BF called it switches back n forth with his wife’s name and number then goes back to my Bf’s phone number? His wife has a totally different cell phone service and they have never had any joint services together whatsoever. so how and why is it that when my BF calls me on my phone it switches back n forth to his wife’s name n phone number then changes back to his phone number and the nickname I had saved in my contacts for him? Does that mean she has hacked into my BF cell phone or spying of some sort? Also his phone has been getting really excessively hot for no apparent reason and shuts off once in a while.

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It's being hacked then yes.

From Ryan on July 28, 2017 :: 9:10 am

If the battery is dead very quickly. The phone is hot. And a lot of data is used. You get random reboots, or strange sounds coming from it every once in a while, Or it slows to a crawl.  Run a couple of Antispyware apps from Google Play. AVG makes a decent one. Or Avast.

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possibly being tracked /weird emails or texts with a capital letter

From Lisa on May 31, 2013 :: 1:29 am

Is someone tracking my phone, Android,.if they are sending out an email or text to me with just a letter like H or G or St? But thd text our email never.comes through to me, I see it on my husband’s phone/email account as sent.

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That could just be a mistake

From Josh Kirschner on May 31, 2013 :: 10:24 am

Many people make mistakes and accidently send emails or texts before they’re done, so it could be that. The spy programs we’ve seen all use text messages to activate various spying features, I’m not sure that would be possible through email, though someone could be mistakenly sending emails instead of a text.

That said, the spy programs do hide text messages used to activate spying so you would not see them come through. If you know your husband is sending you odd texts that don’t appear on your phone, that is a little suspicious.

If you believe you are the victim of spying and would like to delve into this further, we are looking for people to participate in a story we’re doing on spyware. We’ll walk through an analysis of your phone and help you remove spyware, if found. You can contact me at ****** if interested.

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Thank you and...

From Lisa on May 31, 2013 :: 12:33 pm

I replied to your other email. I had a few more questions and I also said I would be more than happy to participate with the story. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, I really appreciate any help.

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are you still helping people rid their phones of recipients of spyware?

From Laurie Trimm on August 30, 2016 :: 5:58 pm

If so, I need help. Thank you.

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spyware

From deneese mclaughlin on October 01, 2016 :: 11:43 pm

A co worker has put spyware on every phone i have and i cannot get help. This has been going on for 7 years. He also hacks my computer, printer, security system, you name it, he has done it and no one will do anything about it. Ive contacted everyone i know of. And hes also stealing my identity as well as the veterand we help. Still, no one does anything.

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same thing like your story

From rhonda on October 25, 2016 :: 6:02 pm

ive been hacked or whatever you want to call it almost 4 or more years now im at my total wittsend with this something needs to be done first people tell you your crazy and paranoid and thats exactly what the spy wants. i will end this and i will BEAT THIS SPY AT HIS OWN GAME. STILL ANY HELP OR ADVISE IS APPRECIATED. TAKES A HACKER TO BEST A HACKER ... BRING ON THE HONEST GOD WILLING HACKER AND THEM IN FILING SUIT.

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Laws

From Wayne on October 06, 2017 :: 9:16 pm

Hi Deneese.  I know this is an old post but I think there are answers. I’m just passing buy to find out wherever my brother wifi network printing is known to pass the documents information out if the network to analyse and sell information about it (I deal with confidential information) as happens with vaeious usage data on Android devices.

Now, depending on which country you are in, your coworker could be breaking a number of laws.  If the police are like what we get here, and fob everything off in order to avoid investigating stuff, I advice you to do your own research into which department contacts in which authorities handle these sorts of things, and investigate which laws apply, read them, and how they apply.  Then try contacting the police again, and put in a formal complaint.  Here we use the official police reporting number and get a report I’d, instead of going to a police station.  This then gets passed to olive, but now it is officially recorded.  This will have to be accross all jurisdictions that apply, such as federal and state depending on your location, and other institutions such as telephone service providers.  In my case I found a decision is a state capital, and a special phone number for call harrassment. Local police may have no idea, and their superiors have no idea at headquarters.

Now, do your research before asking a laser, know it yourself so if the lawyer is missing stuff you know, and research which lawyers Handel this and do well in it. The case is that that with their stalking harrassment, they might lay open a civil case against themselves, in which they have done so much damage they open themselves up to big compensation claim (the reality is the court might even see it as neglible, and not be too bothered, but the right country state and judge could he otherwise (so consultation with a lawyer to determine what the local situation is and wherever it is worth it).  What will likely happen, if you go any if these routes, is he will try to beat you back into a hole with more threats and even inflicting damage big time, as you will have to beat him back into the hole.  The problem is when you are dealing with people that see themselves as powerful and you as inferior you get these issues.  Next is your employer might have real credible mechanisms to deal with this, or might be able under law for not stopping them.  But in such cases the fight gets bigger and you may end up unemployed with other businesses reluctant to hire you.  Things are not that fair, I’ll admit, but it is about the level of fairness you can reasonably get, as to what you choose to do.  You can land up with hundreds of thousands or more in court costs and walk away with a big bill after loading, or not even get enough to make it worth it.  However, the threat of legal action is a power trick, as the otherside night not want to enter legal action if they could loose and be forced into big embarrisingly expense and loss.  So, people negotiate out of court settlements in which they try to screw down what they give the other party..

In all cases here, I am not a legal pratitioner, these are just niave opinions, as such they should not be relied upon and I make no claim of suitability or reliability about them and will not be held to them that they are, you should instead seek relevant legal professional advice instead. They are mere indicators for further research. I wish you the best.

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Hacking

From D on March 15, 2019 :: 12:27 pm

Make a report to the FBI. Go to the library set up a email account you only access from the library. Then file the FBI report. Police dont usually deal with this. They are not equiped with the expert knowledge on these crimes. Prepare your evidence to hand over. If you dont do this then hire a private detective agency. They are pricey. Find an attorney who deals in these matters and takebthem to the financial cleaners. Goid luck. Take cable and phone lines out from overhead in your home. Keep them on the outside of your home as much as possible. I deal with the same stuff.

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This is very interesting reading

From KC on June 09, 2013 :: 11:16 am

This is very interesting reading - thank you all.  I am doing a little research this morning because I was looking at my iPhone Diagnostics & Usage Data (in Settings) and clicked on an entry that said “Low Memory” (there were several of these so I clicked on the most recent date, which is today).  Scrolling through the listed data, I noticed a line that read “MSpy” with a long line of characters set within < >, along with some other words that mean nothing to me (highwater, daemon).

Of course, “MSpy” (or anthing with the word Spy in it!) caught my attention.  Googling MSpy led me to Mobile Spy, which apparently is extremely difficult to find on one’s phone.

Can anyone tell me if “MSpy” would even be listed in a Low Memory Data Report as my “largest process” if I didn’t have spyware embedded in my phone?  (I guess I’m assuming that MSpy as it is listed stands for “Mobile Spy” and not something benign).

I just need some direction before I pull out all of the stops trying to find spyware on my phone today.  Help & guidance would be tremendously appreciated.

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That's not good

From Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2013 :: 12:54 pm

Yes, MSpy and Mobile Spy are both spy apps for iPhone. They’re not the same app, though they have similar features. I’ve tested Mobile Spy and it can provide a significant amount of your personal information to whomever is spying on you.

To help you verify if you have spyware, you should check to see if your iPhone has been jailbroken. Spyware can only be installed on a jailbroken phone. The easiest way to check is to download Lookout Security from iTunes then run a scan. It will give you a warning if the iPhone is jailbroken.

If your iPhone is jailbroken, that means someone with physical access to your phone jailbroke your phone and installed the spyware. It’s not hard to do - takes less than an hour.

To eliminate the spyware, simply update your phone to the latest iOS (6.1.4). This will remove the jailbreak and spyware. To be absolutely sure, you may want to do a complete reset of your phone (back up your data first).

if you would like me to walk through this process with you, please contact me at ********.

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That's what I was afraid

From KC on June 10, 2013 :: 4:43 pm

That’s what I was afraid of. The most obvious culprit (and the only person with access to my phone during times I might not have it in my hand) would be my husband, but I am pretty sure he has the “share downloads from other devices” setting switched to “on” in icloud so before I download the app you suggested I am going to try and turn that setting off so I can do this without giving him a heads-up. 
A question that I have while I wait to do this is can a phone have MSpy installed on it from any other source?  Like can I get “hacked” by someone who doesn’t have physical access to my phone?  Or does it have to be jailbroken (in person) in order to install the MSpy? 
Thank you VERY VERY much!

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Helpi

From Sara on April 24, 2017 :: 7:40 am

I think y phone was hacked can someone take ur pic and text back and fourt like your doing it?

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I Need To Be Vindicated!!!!!

From Alfonza Ferguson on November 01, 2018 :: 5:43 pm

Yes I Saw these comments and your response to how you can help me get the problem solved concerning my phone being cloned/hacked…...get back at me and let me know how to contact you to remedy this problem please…...AND Thank you

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Okay - icloud turned off,

From kc on June 10, 2013 :: 7:00 pm

Okay - icloud turned off, software uploaded and, YES, my phone has been jailbroken.  This is just getting worse by the minute and I’m pretty much floored.
Before I go through the processes of getting un-hacked, I am going to wait to see if you can answer my questions above pertaining to whether or not a phone can be jailbroken remotely by a 3rd party without having actual physical access to the phone.  That will make a huge difference in what this all could mean.
The only time I have not had my phone in my personal possession (discounting when I am at home and set it down, where my husband could easily access it) is when I took it to a local store to have the glass replaced after I dropped it.  I can’t imagine that they installed spyware to my phone, given that they’re a professional business with a storefront location, but it is very literally the only time my phone was not with me.  What are your thoughts on that?
I’m thinking all roads are leading to my husband right now, but before I go off half-cocked I want to make sure I’ve covered other possibilities.
Thank you again for your help -

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Jailbreak must have physical access

From Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2013 :: 10:17 pm

There’s no way to jailbreak an iPhone without physical access to it and it’s something that requires a little time to do (you can’t just pick up an iPhone and jailbreak it). So, unfortunately, your husband and the repair shop are both potential candidates.

What you can try to do is load the MSpy control menu on your phone, look at the settings and see if there is any indication who might have set it up (e.g.an email address or phone number for SMS updates). To access the menu, Dial #000* then press call. If that doesn’t work, then the spy may have changed the default access code and you’re probably out of luck.

Let me know what you find.

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email address

From Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2013 :: 10:19 pm

Oh, and you can contact me at ********** if you want to reach me directly.

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Pls contact me I'm n

From Sheena on January 22, 2016 :: 4:15 am

Pls contact me I’m n a big problem

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need help

From jacki on April 04, 2016 :: 12:13 pm

Can you please help me, I think my phone is hacked. I feel like my every move is being watched and I’m drained.

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Thanks - tried to dial

From KC on June 10, 2013 :: 11:50 pm

Thanks - tried to dial the number you gave but I got a “call cannot be completed as dialed message”, then a “message 2” PX10MN, whatever that might mean.  I’m going to scroll through my data logs for any signs or clues that might reveal anything further.  I’m sure I’ll have another question for you tomorrow!  =)  Thanks!

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Hi there again - I

From kc on June 11, 2013 :: 1:56 pm

Hi there again - I just contacted you at the address you gave me.  Thanks so much!

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cell phone hacking question

From jcs219 on June 24, 2013 :: 1:02 am

can someone send and receive text messages from my phone number without me knowing?  i.e. a text conversation with my number attached to it, but it never came from my phone.

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Quite possible

From Josh Kirschner on June 24, 2013 :: 11:13 am

I have been testing a number of spyware programs and, while I haven’t specifically seen the feature to send messages from your phone, I certainly believe it would be possible to do given similar features I have tested.

We are looking for people to anonymously participate in a story we’re working on around spyware. If you would like me to participate and have us walk you through analyzing your phone for spyware and removing any that is found, please contact me at ********.

Best,
Josh Kirschner
Founder, Techlicious

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factory reset

From brad on July 31, 2015 :: 10:59 am

Will a factory reset and a new sim card erase any tracking software or apps that have been put on my phone or do I need a new phone? thanks

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Most of the time it would.

From Ryan on July 28, 2017 :: 9:15 am

However I have a friend that is monitored on a whole other level. To the point that verizon made her wait for a few days when she went to get a new phone. They shipped the phone from another state when they had them in stock in the store. The new, different model phone exhibits the same issues as the old one. I’ve personally tried to remove the tracking software, and it cant be found. It’s embedded at the firmware, likely bootloader level.

Mind you this friend has never done anything to anyone. However she’s dealt with this all her life.

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I would like to participate.

From Jackie on November 29, 2015 :: 6:22 pm

I would like to participate.

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participate in spy testing for story

From Carmen Lambeck on December 14, 2015 :: 9:31 am

Hi,

My phone is possessed ( by a person and not a demon). I downloaded an IOS update last night after reading this thread for a hour or so.

Long story short. I want to obtain the highest level of antimalware and put it on my phone and detect and remove spyware.

I’m involved in a high dollar civil litigation and the other side is spending “whatever it takes” to defeat me and my sons. All of our phones have been accessed from another device somewhere. I have known this was gong on for about a year but upgraded to iPhone 6 and that stopped it for a time. It has to be real - the opponents literally know every email, Facebook, safari search, anything that is done on my phone. There is no other way for them to have full access and they use it.

Anyway - paranoia aside. I believe information is the answer for me. I’m gong to email you from my gmail after I remove it from my phone and use the macbook.

They managed to get into it but the updates knock them back out. I have literally sat back and watched as my computer cursor moves it self, opens files and takes away my control.

One of my sons while at home asleep with his finance was sending text messages without his knowledge to me at 1:30 am begging me to wake up and help him!

Sounds like a soap opera but if I’ve learned one thing about human nature in the past couple of years its this - money is the root of evil in this world and sane men and women will say and do anything to possess it. Its quiet disturbing .

I don’t have an URL. Just a retired school teacher, late - n - life single mother with grown sons .

Thank you and please reply.

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Your not along I've seen my computer do the same thing

From Wow same thing is happing to me on November 09, 2016 :: 7:41 pm

It’s definitely personal that’s for sure

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Similar occurrence

From Mary on February 15, 2018 :: 2:31 pm

I received an emergency call 4 help from my son’s #.Text message sent pictures of someone in distress. Looked as if someone was bruised & bleeding. It was dark out. Google Maps appeared on my screen. GM was directing me to my son’s location. A friend of my son’s happened to be with me. She was reading the directions as I drove. It was as if we were on a wild goose chase trying to track my son down. We saw another friend of my son’s who said she was going to try and reach him over the computer. We continued to follow the GM which led us right back to where we started from. The town post office. In the interim we received a phone call from the friend who reached out to him via computer. She said he was fine. He was at home on the computer the whole while. He never sent me a text or called for ER help. I was relieved that my son was okay but absolutely traumatized by the ability of someone to do this. I am so glad that there were people who witnessed what was going on. I as well am involved in a high $ civil litigation. This individual did steal my identity investigated and proven from the government. I have also witnessed my computer being taken over. The exact same thing happened. The cursor moved across the screen on its own.I had no control over the cursor. Files would be extracted from my computer. I cannot understand how this can happen. How can a cell phone be hacked.My email was also compromised. I invested in a PO Box which this person was able to obtain and use that information as well. I now have to go through the state capital, my mail is going to be sent to them then they will forwarded my mail to me. This individual was able to create 2 accounts dealing with banking. They locked me out of my own account and diverted checks being sent to me. This person’s family owns a large computer software company. I am sure they know people who have the ability to do these things. It has been a nightmare. This person also has information that could not be obtained any other way then to go through my files and emails between lawyers. Is there anyway of putting a program on my computer or phone where I can trace the activity back to whomever is doing this. I know who is doing it. Evidence is necessary. 1 investigation has proven identity theft. There are multiple issues.  Any information would be helpful.

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Soooooo I will volunteer?been through

From beatrice on January 29, 2016 :: 4:16 am

Soooooo I will volunteer?been through at least a dozen phones prepaid and not prepaid. after his phone with AT&T iCloud they went over my phone and for me it has been rooted I explained I did not know what that meant so therefore I didn’t do it and there went everything warranties everything out the window I do resets factory data reset nothing gets rid of this I have noticed in my abs Android OS instead of Android system I’m going to assume that this is the app that will not allow me to stop it or uninstall it or disable it every phone I’ve had has been tortured I just got a Samsung Galaxynote 5 and I set it down fell asleep woke up it to have been rooted I do believe I cannot find out for sure however my battery is drained since then it doesn’t work properly I cannot log into any of my accounts all my passwords are wrong what do I do and besides you know the obvious help.another indication is I had 24 apps installed complete after this incident I had over 45 helped
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Help me

From Mimi on June 14, 2016 :: 3:57 am

I have had problems with my phone for a long time. Ive tried several apps factory reset and tried to get help. My locations are tracked my messages read and my camera has even been hacked. Not to mention unusual things going on in my home. Ive been called crazy and i just don’t trust anyone because of this.  Im deeply disturbed and depressed over this. Please help me. I csnt get help anywhere

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Can you provide more information?

From Josh Kirschner on June 14, 2016 :: 9:27 am

Hi Mimi,

Can you provide more details on why you think your locations are tracked and messages read? That will help me understand what issues you’re seeing and what the cause might be.

Thanks,
Josh

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Same called xrazy its in my head ur loosing it

From Samyaza grigori on May 05, 2018 :: 6:52 pm

Its been my understanding when people say this they are apart of the game thats being played i have had hard evendince messages screenshots of the viruses an their permissions an its “ur nuts” “dude its in your head” my own family think im making it up get some sleep itll go away hahahahahahahaha i switched phones last night had virus total mobile on that phone first rhing i did when i got home downloaxed virus total but now the app has been updated now we cant upload apks an thats my biggest ease cant upload emails either or text message links well i hate chess i was never good at it i get mad an flip the board over the board AND the TABLE getting flipped this time

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Hello Josh, I have had

From Jill pawlak on March 06, 2018 :: 10:09 am

Hello Josh, I have had this stalker on and off for awhile. If you could help me determine if he has spyware on my phone and computer that would help me feel a lot safer. I hired a private investigator and he basically scammed me out of a lot of money that I can’t afford. I was so scared and he made false promises si I’m right where I was. I would be greatly appreciated.  Sincerely, Jill

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