Life as a pet food consumer advocate gets interesting at times. This past week my life turned into a spy novel. What this industry will do to stop consumers from knowing the truth is mind boggling.
I am lucky enough to have gained the trust of numerous people who work inside of the pet food industry. Scientists, pet food plant managers, pet food plant employees, ingredient supplier employees, and more. And I’m not talking about people who work for quality minded food grade ingredient pet foods – I’m talking about people who work with those other pet food companies. I don’t betray their trust – I listen and learn.
True story. Last week, I got a text message from one of those trusted friends in pet food that said ‘Couldn’t hear you well, connection was bad, call me when you get home’. Strange thing is, I hadn’t called this person.
As it turns out, my trusted friend received two phone calls that day from my phone number and talked briefly to a Mystery Me both times. During the first call my friend was busy and couldn’t talk – during the second call Mystery Me stated ‘I’m on my way to the beach’. Asked how my friend was feeling, and then the connection got bad and they ended the call.
My friend states Mystery Me sounded exactly like me, same southern accent. We kept asking each other about the call – amazed something like this could happen. Are you sure you didn’t call me? Yes – I’m sure – I have not called you all day. Are you sure this wasn’t a voice mail message you listened to – I left you a message last week. No, the phone rang, I talked to you. Twice!
Reality set in, we quickly realized ‘they’ had taken things to a whole new level. ‘They’ know I talk to this person – someone was spying on both of us. And the creepy thing (creepiest for me), was the Mystery Me statement ‘I’m going to the beach’. Going to the beach is something I do on a weekly basis (to regain my sanity from the madness of pet food). Mystery Me knew this was my routine. Mystery Me knew this would sound exactly like something I would share with a trusted friend.
Little hairs on the back of your neck standing up yet?
I’ve wondered for years if ‘they’ are listening to my phone calls and/or monitoring my emails. I think we can pretty much be assured of that now.
The calls cannot be traced by my phone carrier but it is being investigated on the other end. I’ve learned there is software one with evil intentions can get that will allow you to mask your actual phone number to any phone number of your choosing. How they managed my voice, my southern accent? Voice altering spyware? We don’t know.
This kind of behavior from this industry shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. This was below the belt. I guess ruthless people will do anything to keep their industry secrets away from public knowledge.
A warning to all that I talk to…if you get a phone call from me, you’d better make sure it is actually me before you start talking. Mystery Me is out there and making calls.
To the Mystery Me spies, your secret is out. I can’t/won’t say publicly what I really feel about what you did other than saying – congratulations, you’ve reached a new low.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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