With the door to technology wide open, some people think the days of phone tapping and other spy listening devices are over. They think that all covert surveillance is computer surveillance or cell phone tapping. Let me be the first to tell you, that’s not true – in the least.

The stereotypical covert operation to plant eavesdropping devices still happens, but spy equipment could just as easily be carried into your offices in the hands of a presumed “friend.”

A great example is a comment I caught in an article I was recently reading about gifts that business people receive. The caution was to beware of gifts from business associates or acquaintances of items that you would keep in your office – something framed or an item you’d put on your shelf. Listening devices could be built into just about any item – a frame, a statue, a paper clip bowl.

Then, just yesterday a conversation came up about a gift someone received as a thank-you. It was a watch – a high tech, expensive watch – with a GPS tracker built into it. Spy surveillance is not limited to secrets that could be picked up in your offices, discussions you have in other’s offices while wearing such a gift can reveal where you go, too. And that information can be telling as well – telling what you don’t want competitors to know.

So, while you may be flattered by unexpected gifts – don’t be fooled. How can you know whether or not someone is attempting to fool you with a gift of a spy listening device? Call International Investigators.

We are pros that come to you with counter surveillance equipment to conduct Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM). TSCM services, also known as a TSCM sweep, is electronic bug detection. We are able to uncover anything in a location that could be revealing confidential information to your competitors. It’s okay to be flattered, just take steps to make certain you aren’t being fooled.

-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators