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Old 09-15-2006, 02:23 PM   #11
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A friend of mine also said that if you have cheap phones (that's the only way I can describe it so don't take offense, ok?) sometimes they don't really "hang up" - if you go to another room and pick up the phone it's like someone is still on it and you can hear "stuff". Maybe that's what's happening.


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Old 09-15-2006, 03:13 PM   #12
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I only wish you all could hear what I do. It is so annoying to know he is on the phone. I paid over $100 for the telephone I use so I really don't catagorize it as cheap. I have seen ones for less. My brother would never do something like this. He is the one I am talking to when this person just sits and listens. Then when my brother hangs up I pressed one of the numbers on the keypad and when I let go he said ----- you!

FryBoy I will do as you say but this is time I feel I don't have to waste w/someone of this caliber. Such scum to listen to someone's conversation and get paid for it. He also prevents me from making calls. I told the family last nite and they advised me to go for a walk and not call my brother. What values. I surely wouldn't want something to happen and I wouldn't know about it. At times I get so frustrated with my brother and his expectations but who knows what I would be like if I broke my shoulder. The only thing he doesn't get to take a bath cause he can't hold himself up to get into tub.

I do appreciate all your comments and thoughts. I am so grateful you believe me that I am not hallucinating all this.

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Old 09-15-2006, 05:09 PM   #13
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In the kitchen, maybe try a track phone. I think Alix is correct that you can pick up on party lines and even baby monitors, it's happened on our phone in the past.
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:16 AM   #14
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Yesterday, Friday had no problems. Relief! I am sure keeping a journal now as Half Baked suggested. I am sure it will be a source that I will not regret doing. Sure hope it will be beneficial to stop this nonsense. Do you believe of all the crazy things that happen in life and I have someone who annoys me w/listening to my conversations w/ my brother? Think of more important things this person could do. Have to practice not being judgmental as one of my daily pursuits. It ruins your hopes of trying to understand people and their motives. Overhearing others conversations can only bring your self worth down. Try to avoid as much as possible.

I certainly appreciate your comments. Always find source of acceptance here. I thank you all.
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Old 09-16-2006, 02:12 PM   #15
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I have caller ID and whenever someone calls it shows their name and number. The only time it shows Private or Unknown Caller is when they have blocked their phone number.

I had my number blocked for many years and then I decided to unblock it.

Caller ID is through your local telephone company and I have 5 phones in the house all with Caller ID. I find it very useful and recommend to everyone.

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Old 09-16-2006, 04:26 PM   #16
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I used to work for "the phone company" so maybe I can be of some assistance. First of all - do you live in a house, townhome, apt, condo etc? Cordless phone or regular? How do you know someone is listening?

If you are simply hearing a clicking sound it could be that the wiring inside your home has worn thru or is rubbing another wire and triggering the "pick up" noise. This is not something the phone company would be responsible for.

If you live in an apt or other multiple dwelling it is possible your lines are crossed with a neighbors - INSIDE the residence. This is also not the phone companies responsibility. They can come inside and fix it - but they will likely charge you an exhorbinant amount of money to do so. Call your building mgr or landlord.
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Old 09-16-2006, 04:32 PM   #17
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ITK, does this only happen when you talk to your brother? I ask as in the past a neighbor (who is into making drugs, as we unpleasantly found out) got his phone tapped by different agencies and apparently they tapped all the people that live close to him also. I would hear noises like you are hearing with every phone call; not to just one or two people. If it is only when you are on the phone to your brother, it may be him that is being listened to, not you.
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:41 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by FryBoy
I've done a lot of work with telephone companies over the years, and I know that they have extremely strict rules about eavesdropping by their employees. It's a violation of federal law (the Electronic Communications Privacy Act), and employees who violate the company's rules are subject to immediate discharge. There are a few exceptions, such as the lineman who needs to check your phone, but certainly what you describe is not permitted.

I therefore doubt it's a phone company employee who's doing this, although that's certainly possible. It could be someone who has tapped into your line to make free calls -- free for them, not for you. You have any shady neighbors, or bratty kids in the neighborhood?

If you're sure that this is happening, I would suggest that you push your complaint with your phone company. Don't waste time calling the operator -- go to the company's security department and file a formal complaint. Also, contact your state's Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to see if you can file a complaint or have the matter investigated.
I thank you Fryboy for your interest and help. Since you have been familiar w/telephone company I hope they still want to keep high standards. I respect a business that cares about their customers. People seem to be so lax about their everyday lives. Like everyone here tells me to forget about it. Hope I can get to end this trouble.

So grateful you all relate in some way and understand.
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:08 PM   #19
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Case anyone really interested, I cannot get any other help unless I pay for private investigator who will not be directly connected w/police. Talked to police, utilities commission, FCC, all say they cannot interfere w/someone overhearing my conversation. They all feel so apologetic about my inconvenience but I will have to resolve my own problem. He was on the phone today listening to everything. My brother, FCC, police, telephone company. He isn't on in the beginning but monitors what I say. I have blown a police whistle in the phone but he has some kind of device that allows him to keep listening no matter what kind of noise I make. Isn't life great? Neighbors have told me to get cameras beside motion detector on my house for the fact one of the guys in the area is walking around my house! I hate all this expense but what else can I do? I know you all must be secure or just don't let this bother you. It is nice to live w/someone who is normal. Well, I am sure you all will be getting big laugh out of my misery. Only when you read about some consequence on the tv will you t ake notice. Thanks anyway for allowing me to express my misery to someone. It helps when I open up some way rather than murdering person who causes my life so much anguish. We all have problems but why make other people miserable just because you are.
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:26 PM   #20
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ITK, check your PMs, I'm sending you one.

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