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Tue, Dec 15, 2009
The New Paper
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Be careful how you deal with phone evidence

“I MISS you and we have not had it for a long time.”

What should you do if you saw that message on your husband’s handphone, and it’s not from you?

This, said private investigator Lionel De Souza, was what one of his clients saw while her husband was in the shower.

“(Such messages) must be handled properly,” he said.

His advice: Take a good photograph of the text, and leave it alone. Do not forward it to yourself, or anyone else, as it may alert him. And even if the man deletes his SMSes, he may not be entirely safe.

Private investigator Jeffery Ang said that forensic services can retrieve data like deleted SMSes and call logs, using a SIM card reader and software available for purchase on the Internet.

Potential crime

“But you must understand that if you access any data, whether on somebody else’s computer or SIM card (without permission), you are committing an offence under the Computer Misuse Act,” he said.

The Computer Misuse Act carries a penalty of up to three years’ jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Mr S M Jegan said a woman who had hacked into her husband’s phone visited his company last month.

She had gathered stacks of evidence using a software she bought on the Internet that let her tap into her husband’s SMSes and handphone calls.

It also gave detailed information on where the calls were made, he said.

“We have brought this to the attention of the police,” he said.

This article was first published in The New Paper.


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