How to become a spy?

A person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements and plans of an enemy or competitor. A spy usually works for a government agency such as the CIA, NSA, and FBI.

The goal of a spy is to gather data and information about the enemy or potential enemy. Spy aka espionage agent is about obtaining secret or confidential information. Spies uncover secret information, without them the world we live in might not be possible and chaos might reign supreme.

Top 10 Things you need to do to become a spy

  • Act like you belong
  • Behave purposely
  • Blend in
  • Assessment Skills
  • Trust your instincts

  • Never second guess your decisions
  • Do not overlook things
  • Art of Deception
  • Be suspicious of anyone
  • Memory

Spy Terms:

  • Burned (your cover is blown) 
  • Classified
  • Need to Know
  • Top Secret
  • Eyes Only
  • Covert Communication (CovCom) 
  • Trade craft (tricks of the trade) 
  • Surveillance
  • Brush Pass
  • Car Toss
  • Dead Drops
  • Live Drops
  • False Flags
  • Bugs
  • Lie Detector
  • Dangle (pretend to go with your enemy) 
  • Writing “in the know”
  • Legend (Persona) 
  • Pocket Litter (notes, receipts, to be more believable) 
  • PNG- Person Non Grata “unwelcome person”
  • Official Cover

Myths vs. Reality about being a spy

  • You’re in constant danger
  • You must kill someone
  • You get to travel the world
  • Your cool

James Bond 007 is the must famous spy, but the reality is being a spy might not be as glamorous as the movies.

Goal of Spies (Discover the truth) 

Intelligence and Information Gathering


Director – Head of the agency
Intelligence Officer – A person employed by an organization to collect, compile and analyze information.
Analyst – Are responsible for the interpretation of the information collected by Agents.
Agent – Are in the field to investigate the case.


  • CIA, Central Intelligence Agency (USA)
  • FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)
  • NSA, National Security Agency (USA)
  • The Department of Homeland Security (USA)
  • ISI, Inter-Service Intelligence (Pakistan)
  • MI5 and MI6, Military Intelligence Section (UK)
  • MOSSAD, The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operation (Israel)
  • MSS, Ministry of State Security (China)
  • FSB, Federal Security Bureau (Russia)
  • RAW, Research and Analysis Wing (India)
  • ASIS, Australian Secret Intelligence (Australia)
  • DGSE, Direction Generale De La Securite Extererieure (France)
  • BND, Federal Intelligence Service (Germany)

Body Language (lying or suspicious)

  • Avoid Eye Contact
  • Touch their face, throat, mouth (Tell)
  • Fidgeting
  • Defensive
  • Uncomfortable Facing Accuser
  • Place objects between you and themselves (Barrier)
  • Adam’s Apple
  • Repeat Question (use to buy time)
  • Mix Signals Attitude incongruent (I love it but face is frown)
  • Duality (Loud or Soft)
  • Sweating
  • Pause
  • Blinking
  • Gestures

Learn to describe someone (memory test)

Hair (color, length, Texture) Eyes, Skin Color, Body Type, Voice and Clothing

Myers & Briggs Personality Tests

Consciousness (Extrovert vs. Introvert)
Perception (Sensing vs. Intuition)
Judgment (Thinking vs. Feeling)
Life (Judging vs. Perception)

KGB Rules

  1. Assume Nothing
  2. Never go against your gut
  3. Everyone is a suspect
  4. Your never alone
  5. Go with the flow
  6. Vary your patterns stay within your profile
  7. Lull them into a sense of complacency
  8. Don’t harass opposition
  9. Pick time and place for action
  10. Keep your options open

Private Investigation

Intelligence File
Address History $25
License Tags $30
Background Check $100-300
Public Records 7 years
File $1,000 to $2,000

Full Name
Cell Phone
Land Line Phone

Hack someone’s cell phone

  • Phone number
  • Account number
  • Provider
  • Billing Address
  • SS
  • Password (usually mother’s maiden name, pet, hometown or favorite sports)
  • Pretext (Do or say something)
  • Block your identity


  • Binoculars
  • Car that won’t be recognized
  • Disguise
  • Stakeout (Tinted Windows)
  • Park in commercial lot to blend in
  • Pretext
  • Observe Entrance (look for someone being alone)
  • Don’t confront (UNLESS there is hard evidence) Photos and Video
  • Follow your love one who is cheating on you (shadow)
  • Follow to work
  • Get license plate number
  • Get address
  • Get witnesses
  • Everyone has a price (Valet, assistants etc)
  • Observe Exit

Cover your Assets

  • Cash
  • Shredder
  • Hollow Door
  • Spare Tire
  • Sealed Pipe
  • Rental Storage
  • Break Paper Trails
  • Dual Citizenships
  • Company Address

Off Shore

  • Belize
  • Cayman Islands
  • Swiss Accounts