5 Steps To Discreetly (and Legally) Record Phone Calls

by Craig

Do you need to record phone calls discreetly, but you simply don’t know how? In this week’s article, let’s discuss the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts of covert phone recording. There are many reasons why people need to discreetly record phone calls: a cheating spouse, a wayward teen aged child, or even a squandering employee –the list goes on and on. However, there is one common denominator among all these: you cannot afford to get caught.  To do just that, here are…

Five Comprehensive Steps on How to Discreetly, Effectively and Legally Record Phone Calls***:


[1] Purpose: What do you hope to achieve?

Clearly stating your purpose will help you set your limits. This way, you can estimate not only the complexity, but also the costs associated with it. This will be your proverbial “guiding light”.

In this case, your purpose is three-fold: [a] to discover potentially incriminating information, and [b] to discover it without being discovered, and [c] to know the point where you should stop. Sure, the information you’re looking for may drastically change your life, but you have to make sure that whatever emotional collateral damage ensues will not spiral out of control.

[2] Target: Whose phone calls would you need to record?

This question is just as important as the last.

First: Phone conversations belong to the realm of personal privacy – something that most of us put a premium on. That is, depending on your answer, you may face a plethora of moral (or even legal) issues. In line with this, please refer to last week’s article, “Is It Legal? How Phone Recording Device Laws Apply (or Do Not Apply) To You”, so that you can have a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into.

Second: Knowing the nature of your target will give you a better idea of his/her/its motives for discovering your modus operandi. Jot down their most probable reasons for needing to blow your cover, and design the next three steps based on that.

[3] Location: Where will you record phone calls?

Visit the battlefield a day before the war. Check for nooks and crannies where you can easily hide your equipment. Note however, that reverse psychology may sometimes work wonders in this department.

For example, hiding the telephone call recorder underneath a loose plank on the floor might be a great idea, but may accidentally be uncovered by kids or pets. To avoid this possibility, you may place the recorder in a box right beside where your phone line enters your home. People will think that it’s just one of those devices that the phone company people use, instead of a portable 007.

[4] Tools : What will you need?

Of course, a telephone call recorder is needed. You may read a previous article, “How to Choose the Telephone Recording Device that’s Right for You”, so you can have a better idea on what particular brand and model you’ll need. With that one taken care of, check for other things that you may need. The list may include carpentry tools, extra phone cables, or even a DSL filter (if you happen to subscribe to a DSL internet service). Moreover, you may also want to check on anti-echo/feedback filters just in case you’re going to spy on a person who’s well-versed with telephone technology – without this, they’ll realize they’re being tapped in no time. Just ask anyone who’s worked in a customer contact center.

[5] Contingencies: What would you if something comes up?

To record phone calls is a very complicated business. Thus, it is essential to plan for the unplanned. What would you do if your target found out about your pet project? Or maybe, what will you do with information that turned out to worse than you thought? There are many ways that people deal with challenges, and make sure that you will deal with it in the most appropriate manner.

***Disclaimer: This article was published for educational purposes only. Telephonecallrecorder.com and its affiliates will not take responsibility for any actions taken by the visitor after reading this article. For the most accurate information, please consult a legal professional near you.

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