What makes burner/trap phones untraceable by the police?

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What makes burner/trap phones untraceable by the police?

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They are traceable, but your name isn’t associated to it anywhere. You don’t have to sign anything to anyone, so even if they track the number or the gps signal, they still don’t know who it belongs to.

The phone is easy to trace, the person using the phone is not.

There is nothing magical about the phones specifically, it’s how they are used. Burner phones are bought by companies in huge batches, and don’t require any plan or contract to use. So there’s not a great way to know who is using that particular phone. They are also cheap enough to throw away and “burn” every so often to keep a pattern of use from being determined.

Even if you could narrow down the phone was purchased at Walmart on a certain date, there wouldn’t be a great way to know which one of the hundred that were sold that day is your suspect.

The phone is bought at a physical location for cash. There is, therefore, no record of who bought the phone or who currently owns it. The phones are pre-paid with a number of minutes of talk time that is included in the sales price, so they already have a number and available air time(they can also have their minutes recharged, but that’s more for people who legitimately buy them as a cheap option to have a phone when they can’t afford something better- which is the intended use of such phones).

While a phone’s location can be tracked by cell towers (it’s pretty simple, but not going to get in to how that works) the phone has to be turned on, so a smart user will also only turn the phone on when they are going to be placing a call, and will not place a call from a location that can be easily tied to themselves nor reuse locations with any sort of pattern that could be determined, or just throw the phone away and get a new one after one or two uses (this last being why it’s called a burner phone- you use it and ‘burn’ it).

You want to know how to make them untraceable? (Well, super-not-likely-ever at least)

1) Walk to a raunchy gas station and pay a smoker you don’t know $5 to get you a prepaid card. Avoid cameras, avoid a gas station you commonly go to. If they ask questions instead of just doing it after a little chit chat, move on to another mark.

2) Grab a WiFi enabled device with no cellular that doesn’t have any information on it. Just wipe an old phone or whatever. Props if you buy a separate hard drive for a laptop to do it.

3) Head to a McDonalds or likewise store with limited or no cameras outside but decent connectivity. Just sit outside and smoke or enjoy the sunshine. Peak hours obscure traffic slightly better. Use that prepaid to get a VPN and bitcoins.

4) Go to the darknet (hundreds of guides online) and get a burner phone prepaid with minutes. Limited GPS capability, no camera (You can break it if it’s comes with one. Not hard) You can buy whatever else there too. Do not use an online name you have on the surface web, a password you had before, or any other information that reveals yourself.

5) Have it sent to an abandoned house or likewise address not connected to you. Easy way to check if they receive mail still is to send a fake hospital bill (rehab). Super available online.

6) When you receive the phone, reset it to factory defaults and ensure the SIM card is what the seller detailed. Be cautious, it’s best to buy very basic phones so you can tell if it’s been tampered.

7) Phone address book in a safe place when you switch phones. Don’t save numbers, don’t save texts, don’t take long calls. No calls if your situation allows. Never use names. Disable all extra features. Don’t use WiFi on that phone.

8) Be a decent dirtbag and wipe the phone, then smash and burn it. Dump it off in a construction site dumpster mostly likely at twilight hours (when people are most likely not to be there.) Switching phones monthly seems to work ok. Your situation may differ.

If you need any more help PM me. Having privacy is a respectable endeavor for everybody.