How to Find Spy Devices in Your Home

Reasons You Might Be a Target for Spying

How do you know if you are being surveilled? How do you know if you aren't? These days private surveillance is becoming more and more common. Reasons that someone may be spying on you include:

  • You own a company.
  • You have an important, responsible, or secretive job.
  • You have to attend confidential interviews or meetings.
  • You are a scientist/politician/journalist/attorney/judge/police officer/local government official.
  • Your partner or spouse believes you are having an affair.
  • You are getting divorced.
  • You are a suspected activist.
  • You are interested in conspiracies and frequent certain websites.
  • Your neighbor hates you.
  • You were arrested for, but never convicted of, terrorist-related crime.
  • Your friend, neighbor, or relative is under suspicion.
  • You have recently made a substantial insurance claim.
  • You are very wealthy.
  • You are a celebrity.
  • You are the victim of a stalker.

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Warning Signs

  • If you believe you may be a target for a covert operation, the first thing to do is to be on the lookout for evidence that someone is watching or listening to your private conversations. Someone you know (your partner, a colleague, or neighbor) may inadvertently let slip something that they could only have overheard. If you question them, they will glibly deflect you by saying they guessed, that someone else told them, or that they made an assumption. Don't argue or pursue the point.
  • If information appears in the press that no one except you and your trusted friends/personnel have access to, that's a major sign that you are under surveillance.
  • A stalker likes his victim to be aware that he has access to private conversations– it adds to the fear-factor— and he will often find ways to let you know you are being watched, followed, or listened to.
  • If your home was burgled but nothing significant was taken. You may not even notice if a door was left open or a window forced and you won't ever know that someone has been inside your home. Make sure your children tell you if they discover an unlocked door that isn't usually left unlocked, or an open window downstairs.

Who's Monitoring Your Cell Phone?

Landline Bugging Devices: Pay Attention to the Unusual

  • Do you notice small noises on your phone during a conversation? Indications of a line tap are volume changes, minor drops (i.e. tiny gaps in the other person's speech), static, popping noises, hissing, or any other unusual sounds. These occur when two connectors are hooked up, such as a wiretap to a phone line. Listen for anything unusual as you hang up the phone.
  • Your telephone may make odd sounds when it not in use. This would indicate that the phone itself is being used as a listening device. In other words, it is acting as a microphone and will pick up any conversation in the room.
  • Silent phone calls (when you pick up but it sounds like no one is there) may mean that the phone has been hooked up to a slave device. Listen out for electronic sounds like buzzing or high-pitched beeping. At the same time, silent calls are common these days and usually caused by computer error, so by themselves, they are not cause for concern.

5 Signs Your Cell Phone is Bugged

How to Check for Surveillance Devices with an FM Radio

Tune your radio into a silent spot at the high end of the FM band. Carry the radio around the room. If it begins to make odd sounds such as a high-pitched squeal, move it until the sound reaches its loudest pitch. You may be familiar with this feedback phenomenon when it happens with speakers. Well, when it occurs with an FM radio, it's because of the same thing – the radio is picking up transmissions from the bug and can often lead you right to it.

You can also do a similar sweep with a small hand-held TV. Check channels 2, 7, 13, 14, 50-60, and 66-68 for marked interference. It works with analog or digital.

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How to Search for Spy Bugs

  • Wait until dark, switch off the lights, and shine a strong flashlight at mirrors. Move the light thoroughly over the surface of the mirror. Any bugging device hidden there will be revealed.
  • When the house is empty and traffic noise outside has subsided, walk around and switch off all electrical appliances, such as the refrigerator and computers. Be still and listen. Walk around the house quietly and listen out for any soft buzzing or bleeping. Track down the source. Chances are, there will be an innocent explanation for it.
  • Check every switch plate and wall socket by first looking at it and then trying to move it. If it has been recently disturbed, may be visually out of alignment or it may move a little. This is a favorite place for bug installation. Turn off the power, unscrew the plate, and see if there's anything behind it that shouldn't be there. Also check smoke detectors, wall and ceiling light fittings, and lamps. Warning: Don't go poking screwdrivers anywhere near live electrical wiring.
  • Look out for paint discoloration on walls or ceilings. A small, circular mark may be an indication of a micro-camera or listening device. Check the baseboards for bumps or signs of disturbance.
  • Use your flashlight and hands to thoroughly examine every piece of furniture. Run your fingers along out-of-sight edges. Turn the furniture upside down. Look at upholstery carefully for small holes.
  • Take notice of tiny patches of white dust from dry walls on baseboards or on sills. See if you can determine where it came from. It could be debris from the installation of a tiny pinhole camera.
  • Examine every ornament and other innocuous objects in a room – pictures are good places to hide devices, and so are pillows.
  • Try all the door locks to make sure they feel and work the same as usual. A lock that has been tampered with may exhibit stiffness, sticking, or feel very loose.

Bug Detector Devices

A bug detector is able to track electronic devices hidden in the home by picking up their tiny electromagnetic signal. You carry it around and it will give an audible warning when it is in the vicinity of a bug. Ensure you turn off all 'innocent' devices prior to scanning a room.

Bug detectors can usually find audio or video transmitters as they operate on simple RF frequencies. This is why your FM radio is capable of detecting such devices. However, these bug detectors are much more sensitive so it may well be worthwhile investing in one for your peace of mind.

There are also GPS bug detectors which work to find tracking devices hidden on your person or in your car.

© 2012 Bev

Any Other Bug-Detecting Tips? 117 comments

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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

I really don't think I have anything to worry about, but it's interesting to read about it!

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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales Author

I certainly hope not, Judi Bee :-) Thank you.

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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

I could see my neighbors doing this to each other since they're battling... Scary to think anyone could be watching! Voted up, useful and interesting!

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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales Author

Thanks, ThePracticalMommy. It is very scary to think you can order these devices off the internet, and that anyone can get hold of them.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

My son just bought a new iPad and was showing me how he could listen to conversations anywhere in the house by using a feedback something or other on the iPad. I wasn't impressed by this and I don't really think he'll use it to listen in on conversations .... but you never know.

Found your hub very interesting.

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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales Author

I didn't know the iPad could do that! A bit naughty, I'd say. Thanks, Susan.

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mistylight 4 years ago

I actually found this material very interesting. Great job!

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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I've always wondered how people figured out they were being watched/listened to/etc. To Just Ask Susan's comment - I have an iPad and I've never hear of that - I'll have to check it out!

tinaaiello69 3 years ago

i've been targeted for 12 yrs. i've always wondered how the neighbors know what i'm saying and doing in my home. good stuff if it works. they listen. i've done away with cell phones and cordless phones where they can turn on the microphones as hearing devices, yet there is some other way they know whenever i walk outside or say personal stuff in the house.

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Very scary, tinaaiello69. Hope you manage to discover their methods.

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gkerosi 3 years ago from Nairobi

this is a great hub theraggededge. Keep it up!

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you, gkerosi. Hope it may be useful for some people.

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Diana Grant 3 years ago from London

My life is so boring and run-of-the-mill that I'd be flattered if anyone saw fit to spy on me!

Ok,Ok, only joking.

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

I'm sure your life is not boring at all!

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Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

For years, we had a problem with our phone. We could hear other conversations from people when making phone calls. We always wondered what was the problem.

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Probably something innocent, Missy Mac. Technical problem at the exchange, lines touching or something, perhaps?

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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

So interesting to learn more about this facet of life in today's world. Thanks for a heads up and for tips. Comments are useful, too.

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thanks for stopping by, RTalloni. Hope you never need to use the tips here! :)

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you, weezlabs.

epsonok0 3 years ago

wow. My phone does what they describe. My battery has gotten suddenly worse since after a person I know asked to see my phone to check something. I trusted him and figured it's a tracphone he can't break into it. I am going to research more. Thank you!

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Get on it, epsonoko. Thanks for stopping by.

erin k murphy 3 years ago

This is for Tinaaiello69, hi! I read your comment, and wondered why you think you are being targeted? Do you have any idea why they would focus a campaign against you? And what do they do? What is their reason for being in your life? I have neighbors next door that are very suspicious. Something is not right. It's hard to explain, and I have never had this feeling about a neighbor, ever before, but, it feels like I am being watched by them. They are so quiet-you literally wouldn't know they were there at all. They act strange and won't ever look me in the eye if I see one of them out. I never try to engage them in conversation, and once one of the guys who I've never met before saw me out on the driveway and walked as fast as he could to get to the side door. He practically ran, and ducked his head and went quickly towards the door. It isn't that I am a person who corners people and talks to them forever. In the last 4 or so years they have lived here, I have only talked to one of them-once, and for about a whole five minutes! I can't explain it, but something's not right. It seems like they are always watching, but I have no idea why they would be spying on us. My family loves Jesus, does not like Obama at all, believes the Bible, will not take any kind of "mark"/chip from the government should we be asked to do so, believe that the government is one big, giant mess and run by liars, and New World Order "pushers", believes that the whole Obama operation is a huge smokescreen for all his lies, and evil agendas for world dominance and depopulation, etc. So, how did you find out they were watching you, and what do you do about it? God bless you forever, and keep you safe.

renee 3 years ago

I just found out my boyfriend was recording me without my knowledge this weekend when he was away. He admitted it and now we have a dilemma in our relationship. I feel violated and cannot trust him! Thank you for this information.

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Oh, renee, that's horrible. My ex husband did that to me once - that's one reason why he's an ex. I have to say, my advice is to dump this guy - his behaviour does not bode well for the future. He's likely to be controlling and a liar; he's already demonstrated he is distrustful. You don't want a man who treats you like that. xx

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Crystals-view 3 years ago from Colorado, USA

Great hub! I'm not quite sure if I will work for the government or not when I graduate... this is something to think about though. Thank you for the information.

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theraggededge 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you, Crystals.

Kathryn 2 years ago

My neighbor hates me, and has been spying on me for approximately 3-4 years!! The device makes a hissing noise in every room of my house!!! What kind of company can help me to remove this noise? Help! Nobody should have to endure such abuse.

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Not nice to feel like that, Kathryn. You might try a local private investigation company - they would be able to put you in touch with someone who could help. They might be able to put your mind at rest.

Eric Brennon 2 years ago

I know I'm being watched stalked I should say by more than one person.why , I don't know for there amusement I suppose. They're even watching me use the bathroom. Now I'm so damned missed off I want some payback. They've been doing this since October of 2013 . What would you suggest I do?

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

H Eric, I'd suggest you check your home for devices before doing anything. If you find something you can then decide what action to take. You can't do much about it unless you have proof. Make notes of dates, time and duration of silent phone calls. Keep records of all 'odd' happenings. All that helped enormously when I had to deal with my stalker. The police are far more likely to act on actual records that can be checked with phone companies, etc., than on vague reports. Good luck.

Alice 2 years ago

How do I check my phone an iphone4 for spy ware I have a stalker he has txt me things that he should not know

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Hi Alice. Is your battery running down quicker than it should? Spyware uses battery power. Your phone may feel warm when you haven't used it. Listen out for weird little noises on the line - although cell phones are prone to those anyway.

You can have your phone 'cleaned' at an Apple retailer but that will mean everything will be lost. Another trick is to remove the battery when you aren't using it.

Also think about *where* you are using your phone. Is there any way he could have bugged where you live?

Hope you get it sorted.

willy 2 years ago

is it not illegal for a neighbor to do such things ad in these comments how can people get away with this stuff

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

The law depends where you live, Willy. Here in the UK you can report a person for harassment (stalking) - if it can be proven. You can removed recording devices from your property, but unless you can prove who put them there, there's not much the police can do. Other evidence would be needed - records of phone calls, recordings of conversations, etc. Fifteen years after I had my stalker convicted, he still makes the odd phone call. Last time I found an anonymous messaging service and sent him a text saying his calls were being monitored and reported - that was last June (2013) and I haven't heard a peep since.

jean rorrer 2 years ago

Im worried just yesterday i was having a lot more problems with ny phone .did not pay any mind until i wanted to talk to long lost fam then this guy in the same house as me said it sounds like i have an rf spy or something .look im on another phone need help can't write where is a safe place to get help.when i write these texes they write them self.who can i trust.what phone or computer can i use???????!

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Jean. consider getting your cell phone's memory wiped. You will have to rebuild your contact list but that is probably a small price to pay for peace of mind.

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Cynthianne 2 years ago

I was spied on by my now ex husband. I used the fm radio to find the bugs and he freaked out! LOL They were everywhere. I literally could not take a pee without him calling me from work and telling me what I was doing. He was very controlling. Of course the judge thought I was nuts when I told her he had the house bugged. I even had a letter from the phone company saying they had found a couple devices on the lines. I have to admit, I still smile at his reaction when I throughout a purse I had. hee hee a friend of mine and I found a device in it. It apparently cost him upwards of $600.00. They guy that was monitoring them for him stalked me for awhile too. ugh...if you find out your loved one is monitoring you, get out as fast as you can!

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Glad you managed to get yourself out of that situation, Cynthianne.

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WestelCS 2 years ago

Interesting article. I guess almost every device embedded with a camera can possibly be converted to a wireless security camera using some tricks and little hacks. That's terrible. What you suggested above regarding the detection of spy bugs is pretty nice.

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Indeed, WestelCS. Thanks for stopping by.

Annbg 2 years ago

If there is a hidden device in my home, is it possible to hear someone's voice if they are watching me? I bent over to pick something up and I am sure I heard someone whistle, then onetime it was a woman's voice but it was muffled as it said something as I was doing something. I have looked around but nothing I can see.

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Hi Ann. No, you wouldn't be able to hear anyone. I think you probably heard distorted sound from outside entering via a ground-level vent? I get that from our chimney sometimes - it's quite odd.

Rebok argento 2 years ago

I've been hearing a low pitched beeping sound from home. It seems to be at either night or early morning I didn't think much of until Lately. I only hear it in the kitchen or bathroom which are close to one another. I sat in the kitchen in silence and traced the sound to the back of the fridge. I ruled out the fridge by turning it off. Used a bug detector at the back of wall behind fridge and had a little detection. My iPad also looses battery life quickly and Internet very slow off network provider. Can the iPad be used as microphone?

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Hi Rebok, yes I believe it (iPad) can but you'd have to do some research on that. Have you checked the other side of the wall? Could it be coming from outside? It's probably happening at all times of day, but night and early morning are when you are more likely to hear it as there is less background noise. I have the feeling that this is one of those 'nuisance' noises rather than an actual bug.

Carol 2 years ago

mY APARTMENT IS bugged. i BELIEVE i HAVE A STALKER. A female co-worker who is out to destroy me!...I am also a victim of ID theft and Fraud. She's told several lies about me,broke me and an ex boyfriend up 2 yrs ago. This is a 24/7 surveillance. She has put false claims in against me...then she walks passed me grinning and laughing hysterically at work. She has made all kinds of creepy comments. They claim she has Bi-polar Disorder. I think the police should escort this NUT to the hospital! I have'nt been on a date in 2 yrs and no boyfriend! She's totally destroyed my life. There is no reason for this. I just choose not to be friends with her. It seems she's trying to control me because of this! How can law enforcement stop this-if she is Bi-Polar and how can I get a restraining order against my bi-polar co-worker who is a pain in the ass?!!!!!............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Carol

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

Hi Carol, collect evidence - recordings (have your phone at the ready for when she speaks to you), photos, keep notes of dates and the kind of harassment taking place, and locate the bug/s (bug detection equipment is fairly cheap these days) - then take it to the police. Being bi-polar doesn't give her immunity from prosecution.

What d'you mean 'false claims'? To whom? Have you considered finding work elsewhere?

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Turu Micallef 2 years ago from Birzebbuga

Can someone put a spybug in a fridge because it is sett on the lowest setting and it starts to much and it makes funny noises

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

They could but not sure why they'd want to. Perhaps your fridge needs a maintenance check?

dwane morris 2 years ago

is it possible for someone to bug me and know what im thinking

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales Author

My partner does that to me all the time :-)

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toptengamer 22 months ago from The Game

dwane, I wish that was possible...

Paranoid or Spied Upon 21 months ago

The past few years, it seems as though our private conversations are being heard outside our home. We've searched our house and have found nothing, but it still keeps happening. I can't tell you how many times my parents have had conversations wondering about things happening around town and only a little while later they'll get a call from that person and they'll talk about what they've been speculating about. I know this sounds paranoid (believe me I know) but it's true. People around town always seem to know our private affairs and we can't seem to keep our secrets or opinions secret. My first thought was that someone in our home is a blabber but this seems to not be it. Your reasons for being spied on checklist above does not apply to us, so what can we do?

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theraggededge 21 months ago from Wales Author

Hi there, why don't you try a bug sweep just to put your mind at ease? These sweeper devices are reasonably priced and completely worth it for peace of mind. I can't believe that your family is being targeted by a whole group of people... maybe it's Law of Attraction?

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theraggededge 21 months ago from Wales Author

Do a bug sweep Jery. Find the listening device/s and destroy. You can buy bug sweepers for around $20. Have you checked your phone for spyware? Perhaps someone's been messing with it.

hurtncoufused 20 months ago

My husband is bound and determined to believe that we have bugs in our house and feels that we had bugs in our house when we lived in a different state. The worst part is that he thinks I have something to do with it. It consumes him. I just want a normal life and he wants to disassemble everything and anything to check. Now don't get me wrong, he can do whatever he wants to ease his mind but it affects our relationship. There hasn't been any reason to believe anyone would do this to us, and I sure as hell wouldn't do such a thing myself. He says he has caught me in what he thinks are a couple awkward moments and to him that is suspicious, but he was also doing drugs in those days and to him anything going was because he was being monitored by the government and I supposedly knew all about it and had a hand in it. I'm frustrated and confused. I can't live like this.

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theraggededge 20 months ago from Wales Author

No, you can't go on like this. You have several options: you can buy a cheap bug sweeper to demonstrate that your home is free of such devices (this is unlikely to convince him). You can carry on as you are, or you can take steps to reclaim your own life in whatever way you can. I would leave. Anything would be better than being the object of someone's suspicion. Hope you can work this out.

mazza 18 months ago

I have felt like my every move is monitored I always hear a buzzing noise in my bedroom. I think I know some of the culprits but they tell me I am nuts. I also think that's they r trying to set me up for something bad.

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theraggededge 18 months ago from Wales Author

Put your mind at rest, mazza, buy a bug sweeper and check for cameras & microphones. Make sure all your devices (phone, laptop, etc.) are switched off or out of your room.

Maegan 18 months ago

I think I'm being watched. I constantly hear a beeping noise while I'm in my room and feel like I'm being watched 24/7. And it doesn't feel like it's just a person. I think it's the police force in my town. My room makes weird popping/clicking noises when there is nothing moving. I can hear things moving around in the room next to mine and I can hear what sounds like somebody moving around outside my Windows in my room. There's no way for me to see if someone is or not because there are no plants or anything underneath my windows. I had a small security camera system but one of the cameras broke. My phones been messing up a lot lately. My mom tried calling me twice and said that it rang and then went to voicemail but my phone never rang and the missed call notifications didn't show up for 30 minutes when I left the house for 20 minutes to get something to eat. There's been an unusual amount of traffic near my house considering I live on a dead end street. My cat stares at my Windows for 30 to 45 minutes at a time. When I leave my room and then come back things have been moved around. It creeps me out so much that I have to have my tv on loud and I have 6 shirts each covering the Windows so nobody can see in. When I went outside to smoke a cigarette earlier there was a loud crash like someone had broken a branch and my cat wouldn't stop staring at the spot for 25 minutes. This is after when the weird shit she pulled when we first went outside. Instead of going after the rabbit in front of us, she took of toward this little wooded area next to my house. Then when she finally came back over to me the branch snapped and she continued to stare over there. I continued to hear weird noises and weird lights showed up around the house. I'm super freaked out. I don't know what to do. My phones freaking out all the time too. The keyboard types by itself sometime times and then it freezes at other times. Apps that I've never had an issue with before are now crashing all the time. I hear vibrating noises when my phone's on silent and there's nothing else in my room that should be or even can vibrate. Things in the other room are moved around and the other day there was blood drops on the ground. My dogs bark at something over on the side of the house and when I go to check it out there's nothing there. When I went to an appointment the other day a weird red car followed me all the way there and I mean followed. I got a weird feeling because it wasn't anywhere on the road or in the driveways when I checked the street to make sure I was clear to go and then it just shows up a minute later as I'm pulling up to a stop sign. It stayed a consistent 2 car lengths behind me the entire time I was driving, speeding up and slowing down when I did and followed every turn I made. And I went down roads nobody ever takes unless they live on those roads, are visiting the cemetery or trying to avoid cops. The last road I drove down was a major road and still they followed me down the road. And when I finally pulled into the office parking lot, they pulled in and parked at the end of the row. I sat in my car for 10 minutes and nobody got out of their car. When I went in nobody got out of the car and while I was sitting in the waiting room, I watched the car and still nobody got out of the car. There are no other offices in the building. When I walked out of my appointment an hour later, there was nobody in the lobby, nobody had checked in and the car was still there. The Windows were too tinted for me to see who was driving. There's nobody I can talk to about this because it sounds crazy and if I try and talk to the cops they wouldn't take me seriously or they would know I was onto them. And the only person I've talked to about this thinks I'm crazy. I'm starting feel crazy and I'm so scared. I don't know what to do anymore. Please tell me what I can do. I don't know why anybody would be following me or spying on me but I want it to stop. Please please help me. I don't know what to do anymore.

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theraggededge 17 months ago from Wales Author

So sorry to hear of your difficulties, Maegan. I think it's time you took some pro-active steps to deal with them.

1. Write down every incident that occurs. This will help you and any future inquiry.

2. Take photographic evidence whenever you can. License plates, strange people lurking around, etc. Use your phone and upload the pictures to a free Dropbox account. Copy them into another cloud storage service for extra security.

3. Carry out a bug sweep on your property - this will pick up microphones and cameras. You can purchase reasonably priced bug sweeping devices from Amazon. This will put your mind at rest if there are none and provide evidence if you do find any.

4. Unless you have committed a crime or taken part in any terrorist activity, then it is unlikely that the police are watching you. Think about all your activities in the past - could anything be misconstrued as terrorist involvement? Any emails, calls or messages that you made that could have been spied on?

5. Do a factory reset of your phone.

I have dogs and cats too and they do do weird stuff. It's normal - it might be a bird or someone doing DIY jobs some distance away. Water pipes make odd noises that can reverberate around a home. I don't mean that everything that's going on can be explained by normal things, but much of it can. Do your best to eliminate the normal stuff - otherwise it will all drive you nuts. Turn detective and find out what is going on with the rest.

Good luck.

LidaLida71 16 months ago


I have just joined.. in a desperation because I am not sure what help I can get.

I am going through a complex childcare proceedings and unfortunatley my ex would not move out. Instead he tries to gather every little evidence he can get against me. He records with his i-phone, relentlessly, covertly and openly. There is been a number of deliveries of some IT equipment on his name and since he pays for the internet in the house, I have found myself blocked recently from a number of sites by the internet provider.

I am certain I can be under surveilence.

Can anyone please recommend any ways to get a temorarily safeguarding/ blocking measures? And in the long run any private IT surveilance companies who can come and check and give me some proof this is happening.

PS Have downloaded a TOR software..not sure if its a good step though..

Many thanks

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theraggededge 16 months ago from Wales Author

I hope someone can help you with advice, Lida. I had a similar situation once -- I moved out. We had no children together so not so complex as your circumstances. If it is possible for you do do that it would leave him nothing to fight against - all that expenditure and effort would be in vain.

Lacey 12 months ago

I think my neighbour is bugging me I basically had to make a complaint about him which has resulted in him being suspended from his job pending investigations. My computer has been completely wiped and now needs to go in for repairs, it's a year old, my phone crackles a lot and I know for certain some of my calls are monitored due to my lads job. But in the last 2 weeks my cat has been acting up for no reason crying and scratching at doors. He's never done this before. What can I do.

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theraggededge 12 months ago from Wales Author

Hi Lacey, all you can do for now is to make a note of 'odd' incidents, record any strange noises and perhaps video your cat. If these things continue for another month then read some of the advice already given here regarding bug detectors. If you can find proof then you can go to the police. Good luck.

linda 11 months ago

I am definately being watched and listend too for many years now .bug sweeper goes nuts most are internally fitted now hiddenunder plaster work how can i proove it

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theraggededge 11 months ago from Wales Author

Hi Linda. You have to reveal them and take photos as you go. Then get advice from your local police.

Good luck!

Neli 7 months ago

This is very interesting for me i lived in a home as a room made and the owner been spied me and i did not why? and was for know where i do had some jewelry until she robbing all of them, now i have to move out to report the dam stealing woman

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theraggededge 7 months ago from Wales Author

Hope you get your jewelry back, Neli.

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charleswtaylor11 6 months ago from United States

Interesting!! Who is watching us!!

Anonymous 5 months ago

Very interesting! I've noticed that my phone makes noises when I'm not using it, and my Mac has been opened phsycally behind my back more than once. I've checked that in my login history. I've also heard a buzzing sound in my bedroom. Nobody at my college knows my password so this freaks me out! They know things they shouldn't, and I wonder if my colleagues are spying on me. I don't have anything to hide so their little game is completely unnecessary. I don't dare to tell anyone because I fear they would think I'm insane. What should I do? Thanks in advance!

Renée 5 months ago

I tried walking around with a FM radio but I don't think it worked because I couldn't find a clear channel . Odd that my husband knows if conversations that happen when he's not here. Any other suggestions?

kevin 4 months ago

im being spied on 100%, but cant figure out how, ive been told things that only a person listening or watching me at home by my self could know, IE like i was asleep tuesday afternoon between 1 & 3 pm on the settee, ive been in trouble with the law in the past for drugs but been going straight for 12 years now, seems my past wont stay in the past, ive been told about fiber optic camera lenses the size of a human hair, is this true and how do you find them, im sure the apartment under me is used by the cops to bug me with some sort of listening device, again people have said things no one could know, how do i tell if im being bugged from another apartment with listening devices, ive been told about microphones that can easily penetrate floors etc, the state is wrecking what life i have left, help anyone.

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theraggededge 4 months ago from Wales Author

Have you used the suggestion in the article, Kevin?

Clara 4 months ago

Hello, I think this is a very helpful page you have written. Recently, I have had this feeling that there is someone in my attic. (We never go up there it's full of fibre glass) I hear a footstep every now and then, at least a few footsteps coming from upstairs a day. So I go upstairs, check it out, nobody's there. I look under the beds, in the closet everywhere exept the Attic. I left a note on my bed saying "I know you're here" before I went to the grocerys one day. I got home and the note was on the laundry bin, below the attic. Have any ideas what's going on?

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theraggededge 4 months ago from Wales Author

That's disconcerting to say the least, Clara! Do another similar note and set up some sort of remote camera so you can see what happens via your phone. Park your car a short distance away and monitor the house. If you manage to record the culprit, don't try to intervene, just call the police and show them the video evidence.

If there's nothing on video, you block the attic access by simply nailing some boards across it. Make sure you check bedroom ceilings for hidden spyholes and cameras.

amana 4 months ago


I feel there z a bug in our car and home as one of our closest friends knows everything we are about to do and even personal conversations with my husband ! I need to know about a powerful gadget that could locate that voice transmitter as i have thoroughly searched my house but didn't find anything. My peace of mind is gone.

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theraggededge 4 months ago from Wales Author

Hi Amana, you need to test this person (not sure why he/she is still a personal friend). Have conversations about moving home, changing jobs or getting a dog - something really specific. If any of this is repeated back to you then you can be sure this person is listening in. You also need to make sure your husband is not inadvertently giving out information.

If your home and/or car is 'bugged' it is likely your cellphone or tablet has been compromised. It is very easy to upload an app that makes use of the device's microphone. And if the so-called friend has had access to them at any time, then that's probably how they are getting their information.

Hope you get this sorted out.

Clara 3 months ago

Thanks theraggededge! I will definitely do that! Thanks!

Ace 3 months ago

This is a very helpful article. I felt paronoid at times and would even incriminate myself hoping some solid proof would come my way that I Was being watched. This made things worse. I know I am being watched and It sounds a bit strange to me. I just cant see why somekne would spend their time watching boring ol me. But the truth is people are .. im not sure the word. Anyways, thank you very much. I do not feel as crazy as I once did!

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theraggededge 3 months ago from Wales Author

You're welcome, Ace. Maybe the word is 'observing'?

Lori stone 3 months ago

I too am being observed in my home. My daughter in law, has been poisoning me and my three year old grand daughter with antifreeze. Nobody believes me. My son and his wife will not work. They believe I have a giant inheritance comi ng from my parents. They hate my grand daughter d/t their son is mentally and physically deformed. Dr believes my granddaughter has austism. My hands shake all the time. My granddaughter is 3 and can't talk. Need help

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theraggededge 3 months ago from Wales Author

Lori, you must reach out to someone who can help you in person. If not your doctor then there must be some voluntary organization - what is the equivalent to the Samaritans where you are? Phone them. If you are seriously concerned that your cellphone or landline is bugged, then get yourself a cheap pay-as-you-go, and keep it hidden. Just call a helpline - they will advise who you can contact for real, concrete help.

Joe 3 months ago

Found small device attached to light on ceiling how do I know if it's a listening bug

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theraggededge 3 months ago from Wales Author

Joe, do a Google Image Search on listening devices - see if resembles any of them.

Christine 3 months ago

You are being what's called organised stalking, organised neibourhood harassment. They can get into your home when you go out, with what seems like with a key because there is no forced entry. Google "Gangstalking". It will tell you more on these websites then I can explain on here. I have been targeted for at least 16 years. It is a living hell. It doesn't matter where you move to, you will find it follows you where ever you are. They have a gangstalkers website that they can only access to send out messages to all the Perps telling them where you are. And there is always one or two neighbors that monitor when you leave. Yes they have pin hole cameras installed through out home and car. I forgot to mention that there is electronic harassment to that is a hand held device they aim at you that does damage to your body and your mind. So please Google what I've told you and educate yourself about what's going on. We are experiments of the government, to see how much a person can take before they break. Stay safe. God Bless. I am trying to get this out to educate people while I still can. If there is any backlash to what I am saying, pay no attention to them, they are hired to watch what we write on the internet and make comments to down play it.

Kimberly 129 2 months ago

I just found out today my boyfriend was recording me some how. He played a recording of me talk to texting several different friends. My question is how? Could he have put a spyware in my phone? I could hear me talking but not the other party.

charlie lever 2 months ago

I found out who was monitoring me by using the following method. Wait until the day after a lottery draw, then begin by using an online numbers checkeer. Start whooping and yelling and chattering about "I won!! I won!! I WON the freaking lottery! (Be sure to spend an appropriate amount of time checking and re-checking the numbers) Arrange ahead of time a close friend or confidant ( someone you ABSOLUTELY know 100% for sure isn't monitoring you) and call them to tell them the good news. You have to do your best acting to sound REALLY excited and genuine! Then, whomever starts to call you in the following days, (someone who normally wouldn't) and tries to get closer to you, you can almost be sure that they are the culprit!!!!

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theraggededge 2 months ago from Wales Author

On your phone, Kimberly. Since I wrote this hub several years ago, installing 'invisible' apps on people's cell phones is the #1 way to spy on them.

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theraggededge 2 months ago from Wales Author

I meant to say, Kimberley, if I found my boyfriend had done that, he wouldn't be my boyfriend anymore!

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theraggededge 2 months ago from Wales Author

Good idea, Charlie.

glenn 2 months ago

Great info was wondering if you know about acoustics , seems like my house has all of sudden become very acustic if put my ear on the walls i can hear all kinds of emails were hacked and phones acting funny, would love to hear your input. Thank you

glenn j001 2 months ago

Great info...i think i am being watched and listened to you know if your house can be made more acustical..? Seems i can hear things from other side of the house when i put my ear to wall and at night when there is nothing on and no noise i can still hear things in my walls..??

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theraggededge 2 months ago from Wales Author

Hi Glenn, it may have a simple explanation. No house is totally quiet - what you might be hearing could be the fridge or other appliances on standby. Sound travels through walls and cavities for quite some distance. Use some of the tips in the article, like a simple bug detector, to put your mind at ease.

P. Vigil 2 months ago

I have most of these signs of my privacy being invaded in my home going on right now. It's been going on for so long now, I don't even try to stop it. It is bizarre as bizarre can be regarding the things I have seen and deal with to this day. Since law enforcement has never done anything to help, I figure I will try something new and just start posting on sites like this and also asking for advice from others experiencing the same things I have. I am open to suggestions on how to put an end to the game that these people continue to play with my technology, home and personal life. Thank you.

hina 2 months ago

please tell me how i can serach the device in my home i am near to mad please help home bugged last 4 years but i cant do nothing.

glenn 2 months ago

OK well I got a little bug detector and I'm more lost than ever ... it seems simple enough to use.... I set the daily where two almost three green lights blink... then I put it up to my Internet supply box and the blue light turns on which is great that is what I thought should happen but then I put it inside my ac vent and the blue light blinks----??? Am I using it correctly ..?? Is there really something in your account vent I unscrewed the vent cap and see nothing but when I touch to top of the inside of the vent there is the blue light again. ..before I go in the attic and go berserk do you have any suggestions. ..what are you supposed to set the blinking green lights on bug detector. .?? The salesman told me to put it on 2 -3 blinking green lights and if the blue turned on that it was an rf frequency. .?? Please help

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theraggededge 2 months ago from Wales Author

Read the article, Hina, it's full of suggestions.

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theraggededge 2 months ago from Wales Author

Glenn, I can't give you advice on your detector. Make sure you are following the instructions supplied with the device. Go online and do a search #name of device#+operation.

Lo 2 months ago

My next door neighbor had the landlord put camera and bug my apartment and I can't find the camera and I can't tmi but I can't use the bathroom because my neighbor will say see you and I feel like going crazy but I can't leave like this I just want my landlord and my neighbor go to jail

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theraggededge 2 months ago from Wales Author

How do you know that your neighbor & landlord are doing this, Lo?

Raquel 7 weeks ago

I've suspected my home has been bugged since 2009. The things I say at home get repeated back to me at work and elsewhere. Thank-you for this information. I'll be looking into this.

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theraggededge 7 weeks ago from Wales Author

You're welcome, Raquel.

Lorna J 7 weeks ago

I too, feel like my cell phone, tablets and landlines have been compromised. My cell phone was set-up by my spouse as well as the tablets. He's also very technical and is always on Google researching one thing or another. Under the apps section of my cell phone I see all those apps like Knox, Kies, and so many versions clock apps listed. There's other program that doesn't make sense to me, and I try to uninstall, but that option is not available, so force stop. I've wiped my cell phone and try to use a different Google account to set it up, but whatever he did at the initial set-up seem to take priority due the registered number.

Personal conversations I've had in his absence are being repeated when we have a disagreement. The phone at home seems to always have a issue with unexplained disturbances or unexplained silences. My cell use to go crazy, while I'm on a call it would get really hot, and a number of screen would just pop-up, it's like there are two account on my cell phone, the regular, and the other is it's ghost.

When I would tell him what was happening, he would say the phone need a new battery, he got the new battery, but still the phone gets really hot sometimes even though I haven't use it for long. In the past this wasn't happening, it all started last October, which is when I noticed some changes in him. Didn't know how to talk to me anymore, he would just snap, couldn't speak to me normally.

I went to my internet provider and I was told they can wipe and reinstall the software for the specific serial number, but it may not help, as it the same serial that was set-up originally. The sales person suggested that I get a new phone, but now it not a feasible time to do so, so I guess I stuck until I can get another phone, or is there to get the proof that my devices have been cloned?

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theraggededge 7 weeks ago from Wales Author

Surely a 'factory reset' would wipe off any illegitimate software/apps, Lorna? Only the original pre-installed phone apps would automatically reinstall. Everything else has to be done manually. However, by the sound of things, he's got you covered by all the other tech. Time to take a long hard look at your marriage and how you wish to proceed, perhaps? Please get this sorted out - you can't live like this. Hugs.

Kristi B 6 weeks ago

Hi,I live in a rented flat and I have had suspicions of some kind of device or something spying on me and my children.When I go out,things are repeated to me,or if I have done something at home,these things are repeated to me.My family have said things that have made me wonder how they know.I feel like i am being silly,but more and more,I think this is a possibility.

I even have suspicions that something is being put out further,like on youtube,or out to the world,as pure strangers walk past me and maybe,sing something i had been singing,at home.

I worry that i am paranoid,but then i feel that i need to do something about my suspicions.i have lived in my flat for 11 years,and just wish i could find out the truth.

There are smoke detectors,and there are fire alarms that are linked up to the mains in all the flats here.i s there a way someone could spy on you and it be put out to a lot of people,or maybe a website? i am so glad i have just found this site,as i reading the comments,feels like i am not the only who feels like this.Thank you.

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theraggededge 6 weeks ago from Wales Author

Hi Kristi, you can always test out your suspicions by talking (in your flat) about something very specific... like you're thinking of moving home. Then see if that information is repeated back to you, and who by. The website theory is very unlikely, however if a member of your family has had access to your phone, it's a matter of moments to upload a voice recording app. Think about resetting it to its factory settings.

As far as the singing... that could well be Law of Attraction - happens to me all the time with phrases and movies we mention at home. I'll say a few words and almost immediately someone says the same thing on the TV. Or we'll talk about an old film and the that film will turn up in the TV listings. So don't worry about that sort of thing.

Raquel 6 weeks ago

I tried looking for the squealing on the FM band but where I am I hear music on this channel. When I tried the AM band I heard some changes in sound from static to squealing. The question I have is does the AM band give you tracing ability like the FM band does? Thanks.

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theraggededge 6 weeks ago from Wales Author

It may work on AM, Raquel. You have to move the frequency to the higher end of the band. If you hear radio broadcasts, detune it to an unused frequency. If you talk or sing while walking around and you hear your own voice on the radio there will be a listening device nearby. Remember... it won't work with a digital radio, it must be an old manual tuned analogue.

babyboycigar 2 weeks ago

ive been under surveillance for at least 10 yrs. cant even go to a bar without strangers i never met in my life somehow knowing things about me. these psychotic people with no life are making me go insane. want to move to another country. entire life is a prison. dont know what to do without sounding crazy to people.

dont know what to do to get away from being stalked and harassed. really angry all the time because of the fear attached to being hunted down, surveilled, and stalked by people i dont know and that i dont want to know. still very young and hair is turning white grey and psoriasis from the stress. i think i will die young due to the stress. i got rid of cell phone because i thought this was the reason. i want to be alone, not monitored, not followed, and never bothered again. any advice?

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theraggededge 2 weeks ago from Wales Author

Well, if it's an option, why don't you move to another country? Give it five years. Meanwhile, test if you are really being watched/listened to by speaking of something very specific in your home. Something like you're thinking of getting a dog or you're going to change your job or something like that. If that information comes back to you, then you will know for sure. Also get your computer 'cleaned' professionally. Get the hard drive formatted. Use a utility like DropBox to store your files until you get your computer up and running again. Make sure the camera is covered with tape, and change the settings so that no application can use the microphone. Do the same with any other devices - tablet, smart TV, games consoles, etc.

Hope you get it sorted.

babyboycigar 2 weeks ago

i think its shadow government or some other intelligence bureaucracy. i will go out and strangers i have never met before will start converstions as if they know my entire life. i dont go out or date anymore to keep my sanity and to not be controlled by these invasive lunatics. i dont know how they would know anything about my life unless there was a bug implanted on me. it has to be cell phone/device or through some other technocratic means. im not a narcissist and not delusional. this is really happening!!!! its like Orwell 1984.

trying to save enough cash to get out of this country and away from these psychotic people that are pathetic and shallow enough to pay mind to what i do. i heard that the government cant do this to me if i were in russia. thanks for advice.

anchor32 2 weeks ago

Hi. I'm a mother to 5 children and it's been 2 months that my home has been feeling strange. Me and my significant other have been in so many fights and it has caused us to loose our kids from state. We have been feeling that our home that we are renting is hacked and filled with spying electronics. He is in a lawsuit and it's just went sad. I know that this home has been set up due to me being a stay at home mother all day everyday. We went on vacation to the dells and when we came back that's when he'll broke loose. I started noticing doors that were changed and locks and patched paint and devices and plugs. I have it in my head that he is part of art but can't prove. I have taken lots of devices and electronics apart and see odd. Everything is not right. They all look rebuilt and have circuit boards of everytype through out the he. I read your blog and everything is us. I need help everyone I have asked make it seem we are crazy. There is more to this but please help me.

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theraggededge 2 weeks ago from Wales Author

So sorry to hear of your situation, anchor. I suppose moving home is impossible? Have you asked the landlord if he has carried out work while you were away? You need to establish if the house is bugged. Find an online forum - I'm sure there are a few out there - where you can ask questions and post photos of your electronics. Get a cheap bug detector or use the suggestions in the article above. When you have proof that the house is bugged, then find out if you can file a suit for harassment - I'm not in the US, so not sure how you would go about it. If you think your SO may be involved, and can prove it, you have to make a decision about the relationship - do you want to continue it, or not?

You can get through this. Just take baby steps. Find a group of supporters pn an online forum. That's the place to start. Good luck.

Beka 2 days ago

I know my old boss is watching and keeping tabs on me, he is out of control, my cars were

Bugged my phones are bugged...if I change my number would it do any good?

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theraggededge 2 days ago from Wales Author

Hi Beka, no. It's the device that's bugged, not the number. Cellphone can be reset to factory settings (make sure you save all your contacts first). Landlines can be bugged at any point on the line, so check the phone itself or, as a last resort, disconnect the line altogether.

Chris Sypher 37 hours ago

And this is wild because ive been followed and watched for quite some time now as well. I also believe that my deathbed rests right around the corner. These people are definetely out to harm me and they may succeed killing me any day now. People i told about this called me paranoid and even said that i think too much but everyone on this website is going through the same thing as i am and ive never been psychotic or insane but when these 'invisible' people finally catch me slipping, i know tthts the seed theyll plant thatll stem to my demise. I just wish i could have met my 1st born 'Aurora Lini Athena' in this lifetime before i head back to the stars this loving Universe called me out from.

Namaste brothers and sisters, and remember that even in the moments of our death, there is an infinite abundance of love working in our favor. Until we cross lives again, i send each of you pure sublime divine unconditional love to aid you all in your journey down this road towards enlightenment.

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