So . . . you are looking to hire a private investigator to get cell phone records.
You may have searched all over the Internet and run into multiple sites that claim to provide copies of cell phone records.
Here is the bottom line: Unless you are the owner of the cell phone in question or have specific permission or a court order to obtain the records, private investigators (or anyone else) cannot get cell phone records for you (unless you want to break the law, of course).
Until about 2006, cell phone records could easily be obtained from hundreds of websites on the Internet for as little as $100.
These websites would obtain cell phone records through “pretexting,” in which an individual would falsely identify himself or herself as the owner of a cell phone number in order to obtain confidential phone records.
In 2006, pretexting was thrown into the spotlight when Hewlett–Packard hired private investigators to access the private phone records of board members and nine journalists. One private investigator was later convicted and sentenced to three months in prison.
In 2007, President Bush signed the Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006, which made it a federal felony to fraudulently acquire telephone records.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that unless you are the owner of the phone number in question or you have specific permission or a court order, you cannot obtain someone else’s phone records.
Unless, of course, you are willing to commit a felony . . . or hire someone else to commit a felony for you.