Recently we received a press release that piqued our interest advertising iPhone spy software that could be installed remotely by just a phone call so we decided to review it to see whether its claims were true or if it was just a known spy phone scam doing the rounds under a different name.
After thoroughly testing the software we found out that we were given just a bunch of old files that were not compatible with the latest smartphones. When we did manage to get the software to run it failed to perform any of the features advertised on the website and so, in conclusion, along with the remaining information given below we conclude that this is a genuine scam.
We also believe that this is nothing more than a revised and updated version of the E-Stealth scam that has been going strong since 2006. We also cover that in more detail as well as explaining why this is nothing more than E-Stealth in all but name.
Read on for more information.
This report will be split in to the following sections:
Investigating the software claims
Seeing if what they advertise on their website is really what the software can do.
Investigating the software website
Looking at the website and seeing if there are any discrepancies in terms of accuracy of information or if this is one of several sites as part of a scam ring.
Investigating the company
Seeing if this company is well-known for producing many scams of this nature.
Investigating the software you receive after purchase
Looking in to whether or not the scam software actually works and, if it does, if it delivers on any of the features or claims outlined in the first section of this report.
Investigating where the scam originated from
Collating all our evidence and cross-referencing it with any other scam software information we have to find the true provider of this scam.
Protecting yourself from scams like this
Explaining how you can use real software such as FlexiSPY if you wish to monitor a device instead of falling for scams such as this – and saving money on your FlexiSPY purchase in the process.
Investigating the software claims
Cellphone spy software is the name of the scam spyphone software we are researching and their website is located at https://www.iphone-spy-app.com
The supposed features on offer by this E Stealth variant.
Don’t need the Target phone – They claim that you do not need the Target phone for installation. This is true but the software you install on your own phone after purchasing this does not allow you to control any another phone.
Just need the Target phone number – After purchase and installing it on to a phone, all you have access to is a Bluetooth scanner. At no point is any phone number of any kind asked for or required for the program to function.
Listen to live calls via Bluetooth – AAt least they mentioned Bluetooth. However, the Bluetooth software that you receive after purchase has no spying capabilities and certain will not allow you to listen to live calls. It is not even possible to listen to calls using Bluetooth technology.
Extract SMS text messages – UUsing the software you receive after purchase you can use Bluetooth on your phone to send your contact details to any other Bluetooth device the software finds but nothing more and certainly no phone spying.
View photos stored on any phone – As above. Absolutely no spying features or options exist in the software received after purchase.
Read call logs safely and secure – So far, the software has failed to live up to all other claims and this is no different. The software received after purchase does not have, offer or meet any of the claims that are outlined on the website and features none of the features listed.
Investigating The Software Website
The website of our scam software which advertises FlexiSPY.
The video on the website bears no resemblance to what is being purchased and is a sensationalist piece of phone spying made by Fox News and it was made in 2010. It features real working FlexiSPY spy phone software at the following timestamps in the video.
- 1:23 – FlexiSPY Pro-X for BlackBerry (Settings screen)
- 1:27 – FlexiSPY Pro-X for BlackBerry (Settings screen)
- 1:36 – FlexiSPY dashboard login page visible on PC
- 1:37 – FlexiSPY dashboard account page with call data showing visible on PC
- 1:40 – FlexiSPY dashboard account page with SMS data showing visible on PC
- 1:42 – FlexiSPY dashboard account page with SMS contents showing visible on PC
- 1:45 – FlexiSPY dashboard account page with location data visible on PC
- 1:51 – FlexiSPY dashboard account page with location map data visible on PC left monitor
This means that all the fake sites are promoting FlexiSPY but are misleading customers in to thinking that they are purchasing FlexiSPY when in fact they are being scammed. This promotion of FlexiSPY also gives it a bad name as people will associate it with the bad scam experience they will have which is not fair as FlexiSPY is real working spy phone software. The same video also heavily features on other scam spy phone software sites as well. You can get the software and services that cost us $27 for free by going to a search engine and typing in ‘cellspymonitoringsoftware.com’. The results will look like this.
Yahoo search results showing our paid for scam software for free.
Notice that we have highlighted two interesting websites in the screenshot above. The first one is the thank you page you receive after paying yet we have found it by performing a simple search.
Thank you, page received after purchasing the scam software.
Yahoo search results for our scam software
You can see that the same website is listed in the search result and this cost nothing.
This alone means we have wasted $27 on something we can easily get for free.
The second website highlighted points to the very same PDF that we are given as a free bonus.
Thank you page after purchase showing the PDF file we found for free.
Investigating the Company
Any popular scam will be available under different names and guises and this is no different. We decided to look in to the background of the company providing this software and it gave us some very interesting results. We started off by performing a WHOIS request on the website we purchased the software from which is shown below.
A WHOIS result of our scam website.
The domain is held on behalf of Tucows who are a reputable download site for free software and shareware. However, it was a reseller of theirs known as Homestead Technologies that created the site.
If we search for ‘Homestead Technologies cellspymonitoringsoftware’ we get some very interesting results.
Other sites in this scam network.
All four of the sites highlighted in the screenshot above are provided by Homestead Technologies and are a complete copy of our scam site indicating that this is something that they are used to doing.
We will take a closer look as an example.
Cell Spy Scam Site Comparison.
The two sites look nearly identical even though the URLs are different. The URL for the site on the right is https://cell-watcher.homestead.com/index_1.html which displays the homestead domain in the URL title itself. Our scam site is the 2014 version but there are 2013 and 2012 versions also as seen in the search result screenshot we posted earlier. Below we have listed every website that falls under this scam by URL and website name.
A list of sites operating the same scam.
In the above table we have highlighted Cell Spy Stealth because our whole review of this scam came from a press release (which we have included further on) advertising Cell Spy Stealth as a brand-new product (hence the ‘2014 version’ you see on the website for spying on an iPhone. In truth, it is just an older site spruced up and updated with a paid for press release issued to spin the scam to a new target audience, in this case, iPhone users.
Investigating the Software, You Receive
We were intrigued that this iPhone spy software offered many of the features you can get from reputable spy phone software such as FlexiSPY as well as the fact that they claim they can install the software remotely using just a phone call but the software itself doesn’t work as described. Upon purchasing you are taken to a special landing page which has links to the following sections:
- A link to download files for the spy phone software (in ZIP format)
- A link to the user manual
- A link to download files for PC spy software (in ZIP format)
- A link to a free eBook on how to catch a cheating spouse
Immediately the software looks outdated and primarily designed for older phones based upon the following:
- Software is in JAR format which is something of an obsolete file format for newer phones such as iPhone and Android
- Installation manual has videos to jailbreak iOS 4.3 when we are now up to 7.0.4.
- Installation manual has instructions for installation on Windows Mobile 5.x – 6.5 which is defunct
- Installation manual has instructions for installation on a Palm Pre which is now defunct
- The videos given are taken straight from YouTube and have no real information or relevancy for installing the software
This immediately leads us to believe that the software is scam otherwise why make software but tell people no clear way for how it is installed or used? Upon downloading the software files, we are presented with the following:
The scam software that was delivered after purchase.
- New_phones – Contains JAR installation files for new phones (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android)
- Older_phones – Contains installation files for older phones (Symbian, Windows Mobile)
The contents of the New phones archive is below.
The scam software that was given for new phones.
Immediately the file names suggest the use of Bluetooth in some way such as ‘Bluesniff’, ‘BTExplorer’ and ‘btscanner’ which is a popular scam. This further suggests that the software is nothing but a Bluetooth scanner which is a popular scam method for mobile phone spy software and does not work. When installed on a BlackBerry phone it gives an error. Luckily the same error is listed in the manual but the method to resolve the issue is to simply recopy the files to the BlackBerry phone, via USB and install again. After deleting the original installation files off our BlackBerry, removing the software, copying the files across via USB and a different PC and installing again the same error persisted.
Result: Installation Failed
For Android, there is a website that is listed in the manual to convert Java (JAR, JAD) to APK but the manual does not tell you how to then install the APK file or give any screenshots so installation cannot take place in any form. At least they know that Android cannot run JAR files but the fact that there are many bogus sites saying that they can convert Java to APK simply reaffirms that this software is a scam for directing you to those sites to start with.
Steps for how to convert java to APK.
Result: Installation Failed
On an iPhone, the manual simply shows how to jailbreak iOS 4.3. We are now on iOS 7.0.4 and outdated instructions do not bode well for the software. The instructions only tell how to jailbreak the phone. No further instructions are given for what to do after it has been jailbroken in terms of installation. Furthermore, iPhone, like Android, has no Java support meaning the files are useless and it cannot be installed on an iPhone. This means that their press release claims (see later) and even their website name itself (iPhone spy app) is completely misleading and a misrepresentation of what is sold and what is purchased.
MacRumors forum confirming iPhone cannot run Java applications.
Result: Installation Failed
Symbian proved to be a little more successful and yielded some interesting results which allowed us to confirm that this was a complete scam.
- Software Name: BT Explorer.jar
- Software version: 0.3.2
- Developer: Duke
- Binary size: 30kb
- Phone used: Nokia X7
A list of the scam software files for Symbian confirming that this was nothing more than a Bluetooth scam.
BTExplorer – This is the main program that you get for your money.
The main screen of BlueTooth Explorer running on a Symbian phone.
Bluetooth Explorer asking for Bluetooth access on our Symbian device.
Bluetooth explorer shows the Bluetooth settings for our Symbian phone but no spying features in any way.
Bluetooth Explorer showed us details of another phone we could connect to using Bluetooth but no spying options were present.
Bloover 2 was another Bluetooth program included which failed to function in any way.
As you can see all you have purchased is a Bluetooth scanner that finds the devices near to your own device which has Bluetooth enabled and you can then query them to get more information. There is no option to interact with the device or spy on it in any way further proving it to be a scam and a waste of money.
Furthermore, the Bloover programs are just an outdated version of BTExplorer with Bloover2 itself refusing to function in any way whatsoever. So, what we have here is a typical spy phone software scam that uses Bluetooth to do absolutely nothing to any other phone except to allow its creators to advertise the usual rubbish that the software can be installed on any phone and monitor all phones and you do not need the Target phone physically for installation.
Result: Installation Succeeded but software is nothing more than a low-level Bluetooth scanner and has no phone spying capabilities or functions in any way.
Palm – Palm devices and as a company no longer exist. Again, outdated information and general lack of any real information for installation, in general, makes it easy to tell this software is fake.
Result: Installation Failed
Windows Mobile – Windows Mobile handsets no longer exist. They are all now known as ‘Windows Phone’, more outdated information. The lack of attention to detail for the installation alone should start to ring alarm bells for anyone who has fallen for the website hyperbole and made a purchase.
Result: Installation Failed
Below you can see the support terms and response times as well as how long it takes for them to send a response. We decided to contact them to ask them how to install the software on to an iPhone to see just how deep this scam really was.
The support terms listed for the software.
We were not expecting much but we thought that we would get some support on how to install this software even though we knew, deep down, that it did not work.
So we contacted support via the email address in the manual and received an automated response back saying that ‘most of the issues with the software could be solved by the FAQ section of the manual’. Sure, the manual has an FAQ section that solves one ‘possible’ installation problem for each platform but it does not mention what to do on an iPhone or Android to install the software.
It takes support 48 hours to respond to any technical queries and their websites states that if the problem cannot be solved within 48 hours then they will promptly issue a refund. The FAQ page on their main website reveals some interesting information.
The small print of the legal terms of the scam software that outlines their real refund policy.
They do not ship downloadable products yet the software, as shown, is a download? All sales are apparently final as well; if that is the case then why mention the 30-day refund policy?
Furthermore, 48 hours is hardly ‘a quick resolution’.
After receiving a generic 48-hour email from them we are still waiting for them to address our query however this is their initial response.
A generic reply from the support department that failed to resolve our issues.
In a nutshell, we never got any support with any of our issues and this, for us, was the biggest confirmation that the software is a complete scam and failed to offer any of the claims that were laid out on the website.
Investigating where this scam originated from
Back in 2006 Spy Phone Review covered this software but it was known back then as E-Stealth. How do we know that E-Stealth and this software are the same? You simply need to compare the websites and bogus claims. We will look at the article in more depth now as it still pertinent today. Only the names have changed. Spy Phone Review covered this scam extensively back in 2006 and below is what they said but sadly it is still going strong.
Spy Phone Review quote from 2006 when we looked at this scam when it first started.
Spy Phone Review first uncovered this scam back in 2006.
It seems that not much has changed since Spy Phone Review covered this back in 2006.
However, there are a few tell-tale signs to look for so that you can protect yourself from this scam.
- Pay attention to the website title and its tagline. 99% of these scam websites advertise under the title ‘Best Cell Phone Spy’ or ‘Ultimate Mobile Phone Spy’ and this will also be followed by a year such as ‘Ultimate Mobile Phone Spy 2009’ which was the product that led to the creation of Spy Phone Review.
- Pay attention to the ‘features’ and advertising on the website itself because chances are all the scam sites have the same features which are as follows:
- It will work with any phone.
- They explicitly say they do not offer support
- They have a zero refund policy!
- If you do ask for your money back, they state that they will prosecute you for $10,000
- The screenshots of their product is actually that of Mobilespy Windows mobile.
- Pay attention to the files that are included. If any files start with ‘BT’ or reference Bluetooth in any way then you know it is a scam too. For example, in the site we reviewed, they gave us softer called ‘Bloover2’ and, yes, you guessed it, back in 2006 they were pedaling the same software to others too.
- They will use screenshots of Mobile Spy that they have altered to show how their product looks when installed.
- Furthermore ‘Bloover’, software they have been including in this scam since 2006, sounds like ‘blue-ver’ which is another nod to Bluetooth and yet another reason why you should avoid this at all costs.
But where is all this originating from?
E-Stealth is the originator of this scam, how is that? Let’s take a closer look.
If we search for ‘Ultimate Mobile Phone Spy’ we get the following search results.
E-Stealth are the originator of this spy phone scam
The first site listed is the originator of this scam, E-Stealth.
If we search for ‘Best Cell Phone Spy E-Stealth’ we get another interesting result.
E-Stealth appears when searching for popular well-known spyphone scams.
The E-Stealth URL: https://www.e-stealth.com/ULTIMATE-BLUETOOTH-MOBILE-PHONE-SPY-2014_p_8.html
Already we see familiar scam tactics, designs and claims when we compare both sites side by side.
On the left side is the scam site we are reviewing with E-Stealth on the right. Notice the similarities?
- E-Stealth advertises itself as 2014 software whereas CellPhoneSpySoftware is the 2013 version meaning that E-Stealth is the newer version and CellPhoneSpySofware is an older version which explains the discount and free ‘bonuses’. li>
- The entire legal text for both sites is identical except only the name of the company has changed.
An award that does not exist that took place at an award show that is a scam.
- There is no such show as the ‘Annual Mobile and Innovation Technology Show’.
The closest we could find is the SIU Technology & Innovation Expo here and this is not located in New York further affirming that scam software can win scam awards at scam shows.
The only difference is that E-Stealth actively mentions it is Bluetooth software whereas CellSpyMonitoringSoftware does not.
However, the same techniques are used for advertising both products such as these bogus claims which, along with the video we looked at during the start of this review, make up 95% of scam spyphone software sites on the internet today.
- Works on all phones
- Works on all networks
- Never need to touch the TARGET phone
- Never need to modify your own phone
- Spy from anywhere
And they combine these bogus claims with equally bonus features.
- View contact list
- Read SMS messages
- View calls made/calls received
- Set the Target phone to call whenever it makes or receives a call
- View photos
- Check internet usage
Both sites list similar features.
Another version of the E-Stealth scam operating under a different name.
E-Stealth has the same features that is passed on to all the scams.
E-Stealth in fact also go one step further for ‘authenticity’ by using software of a real competitor in a screenshot and simply changing the software title to ‘E-Stealth’.
For example, this is Mobile Spy.
Mobile Spy’s interface is used to advertise the fake E-Stealth software.
And this is E-Stealth.
How the E-Stealth software is supposed to look. It completely rips off Mobile Spy.
Further proof that E-Stealth and all its variants, such as BestCellSpySoftware, have also been covered as a scam by other sources such as MobileSpy.
When something claims too good to be true that is because it usually is and sadly using Bluetooth is a popular scam method of making spyphone software easier to install and more compatible than it really is.
Be sure to only purchase spyphone software from reputable vendors such as FlexiSPY and read Spy Phone Review to stay ahead of the spyphone competition and discover who really makes the best and, most importantly, legitimate spyphone software.
The sad thing is that this company has actually released a press release advertising this software and its features and benefits and this is what piqued our interest in exposing this scam to start with because we knew we had seen this kind of thing before but we wanted to make sure.
How you can protect yourself in future from scams like this
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A list of sites operating the same scam.
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