Although useful, our communication devices pose the greatest threat. Just imagine what could happen if the cops were listening to every word of your conversation. In the old days, if your phone is tapped, you could here a click, click, click when you were talking, but nowadays it’s not that obvious.
Using burner phones or cloned phones is never fool-proof, the cops are used to doing these kinds of investigations so it’s not hard for them to track you down. That’s why you need a strategy, a communications strategy to be exact.
The safest thing to do is to switch up your phones every couple of months but not everybody has the discipline to do that. Another problem that arises is that your people keep on calling your old phone and not the new one, this can get annoying real quick. A way to get around this is to have a transition period that allows enough time for your people to transition to calling your new phone.
Pay attention to the intervals in which your customers pick up, so for instance, if one of your customers picks up once a month, you have to hold on to the old phone until they call, or you call them and inform them in person. You want to switch all of your good customers onto the new phone!!! Once they phone the old phone, meet up with them and pass along the new number to them. After a certain period of time, make sure that nobody important is phoning the old phone and then disconnect it.
The best method to lose the cops is if everyone around you switches to using new phone numbers at the same time, but this strategy takes a high level of organization and is not realistic. Imagine coordinating with other dealers and suppliers to get them to change their numbers, it’s better off giving them new phones to use. Using this strategy may also end up hurting your business by inefficiencies in lost communications because everyone has to get used to phoning the new numbers, even a few contacts may get lost.
Switching to new phones can only slow down the cop’s investigation because all it takes is for them to have one of your phones tapped to get to all of your people. You must discard of the infected phone, otherwise there’s no point in everyone switching to new numbers. That’s why everyone must try to change their numbers at the same time.
If you use one phone to conduct all of your business, you’re doing it wrong. Designate each phone for the sole use of contacting one person. One phone for your supplier, one phone for each manager, etc. By operating this way, you’ll end up with a lot of phones but you also avoid any cross-contamination from happening.
Do not store any phone numbers on your phone, remember them in your head. If the cops confiscate your phone and manage to unlock it, they can look at all of your saved contacts. This is physical evidence that you were contacting those associates. It is also wise to erase all the history from your phone, even though they may be able to get your phone records through other means, make them work for that information.
Never mention any names on the phone and if you do have to, use nicknames other than the street names. Even if you use coded words, the cops can tell so it doesn’t matter that much what you say.
For important deals or for important conversations:
JUST SET UP MEETINGS OVER THE PHONE AND TALK TO THEM IN PERSON.
PAT DOWN YOUR PEOPLE BEFORE TALKING.
NO CELL PHONES NEAR THE AREA OF CONVERSATION.
NEVER TALK ANYTHING IN THE CAR.
ALWAYS TALK OUTSIDE, NEVER IN CROWDED PLACES.