June 24, 2016 at 2:41 pm #12018
I swear on my life that what I’m about to tell you really just happened.
I know that there are many rumblings among the participants that @kasch and I are apart of the OOA and the Tension Experience as a whole but those of you who have spoken to me in person and through private messages and phone conversations I’d hope that you trust me at this point.
So I am at the office working today, having myself a smoke break out back when I see Kasch is calling me. For those who don’t know, Andrew and I are very close and have been friends for over 10 years. He’s also the reason I joined this godforsaken thing.
So him calling me is nothing weird or out of the ordinary. Let me be perfectly clear… My iPhone said “Andrew Kasch is calling” with his photo that I have attached to his contact coming up. So I answer.
What I hear is Andrew’s voice but it’s coming through speakers. And it’s Kasch talking about me and how he told someone we’re best friends… I quickly realize it is Andrew on @nking‘s podcast talking about The Tension Experience and specifically me. The story of how we’re best buds, how they got his phone and that’s how they got my number, that’s how they called me before I ever put in my information on the questionnaire.
At first I was like “Oh yeah, been meaning to listen to this.” But there was no response… just the stop and play of the podcast. I started to go “Dude? Dude… what the fuck?”
And then finally I said “Andrew!?” and a deep and intent whisper responded with “Noooo.” And the line went dead.
Okay, so Andrew is fucking with me. The jerk. So I call him right back.
“Real funny. Why did you do that?”
“What are you talking about?”
It’s at this point I now hear the sound of wind rushing by, his wife talking, and baby crying in the back seat. The previous call was silent. No atmospheric noise.
ANDREW DID NOT CALL ME FROM HIS OWN FUCKING NUMBER.
He has been on the road since this morning with his family driving to a vacation spot. And there is no way he would be able to keep my goddaughter quiet during the previous call.
Still don’t believe me?
Here’s the screen shots from our phones.
That’s my phone. Notice the call at 1:33pm for 54 seconds?
Only one incoming call from me… immediately following the other call.
Guys… I honestly have no clue how they did this. None.
I swear on my life I am not making this up or pulling anyones chain. I am apart of this game just like the rest of you and this is the first time that I am genuinely unnerved by the actions of the OOA.
Watch who’s calling you. Nothing is what it seems.
June 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm #12020
You might want to edit out your number and Andrew’s work number
June 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm #12021
June 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm #12023
OMFG THAT SOUNDS FREAKING INSANE.
like, as someone who’s reading this and have it not happen to him, this is just plain awesome to me. Cranking up the horror to straight up 11.
in your case, this must be maddening.
June 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm #12024
That’s so crazy! Also, your phone icon is hilarious.
June 24, 2016 at 2:47 pm #12026
I removed the photos. Good call Mike. Even though nothing is private around these parts. If you want to see them hit me up.
Also I had no idea that Andrew still had that as his icon photo for me. I don’t even remember taking that.
But it is true.
June 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm #12028
Technique used is likely Caller ID spoofing. If Tension’s working on this technique, that unfortunately means that we can not longer trust our contacts list as filters for who we can and cannot 100% trust over the phone
June 24, 2016 at 3:01 pm #12037
Ohhhh man. so much for jumping on calls from blocked numbers, now ANY CALL could be from Tension? This is so cool.
June 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm #12063
I…did not think of it that way. When you put it that way it sounds a LOT creepier than it did to me five minutes ago.
June 24, 2016 at 5:13 pm #12081
Might also mean that it’s a bust for the Sony connection… Any number we have hay be spoofed.
June 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm #12029
OMG THAT IS AWESOME.
June 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm #12031
Hey… I posted this in another thread… I must have been typing at same time @thebuz. Sharing it here, as well.
I just received a phone call from @mike… but it was NOT him.
Even though the call was tagged as his phone, when the call ended I immediately verified it was NOT him calling.
It was VERY short.
I answered. When I said “Hello,” I heard Mike’s voice speaking. It was a playback of the first video posted on Facebook from the Bob Jones meetings… this was the video where Mike’s original statements were apparently altered before it was posted.
The audio continued for a few seconds and then the call disconnected
Someone is playing games…………….
June 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm #12032
Well that is unexpected! Also, lol Body Snatchers! I can’t wait to see what comes of this for others!
June 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm #12033
. Screwed up the link on the OP for photos.
June 24, 2016 at 2:58 pm #12036
You know what I find most unnerving about this?
That you have 19 unheard voicemails. Dude, you gotta deal with that
June 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm #12039
seriously, my wife usually has about 16,267 unread emails on her phone. it unnerves me to no end
June 24, 2016 at 3:15 pm #12046
They are all transfer from when I updated my phone and 6 of them are from a friend who is no longer with us and I haven’t brought myself to relisten to them yet.
June 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm #12060
Hugs Buz. x That’s rough.
June 24, 2016 at 2:57 pm #12035
June 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm #12038
Remember yesterday when people started getting calls from a new number and everyone asked to post it, and then people started calling it? Well…this solves that problem.
June 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm #12042
This is totally badass.
But what’s the point? What are possible reasons to game your phone and play back a podcast.
Just to mess with you? It worked, but is there any additional purpose that’s connected to the story aside from III being a school grade phone freaker?
June 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm #12044
Paranoia…nothing is safe/comforting anymore. You may think you’re getting a call from a friend/loved one and then BAM it’s the OOA
June 24, 2016 at 3:14 pm #12045
The purpose of this all is to increase Tension, not necessarily to advance the “story”. Judging by these reactions, they’re accomplishing their objective
June 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm #12052
It just strikes me as lacking context. especially since I’m desperately trying to understand the context, and aside from the Pavlovian dynamic of “if you publicize Tension then Tension will reach out to you” reward system, I struggle with a greater point.
June 24, 2016 at 3:16 pm #12047
Andrew is my best bud so for them to play us against each other definitely raises the stakes.
June 24, 2016 at 3:22 pm #12053
But they didn’t play you against one another. They played a prank. A good cool prank. What’s the purpose of it?
June 24, 2016 at 3:26 pm #12055
Well you’re coming into this now but for the last few months Andrew has been a major suspect to working with the OOA. I personally know for a fact that isn’t true (dude works in TV and has a kid and another on the way).
That being said… what better way for them to plant a seed in my head that maybe I’m wrong then to do this.
Luckily I’m too clever for that and the evidence speaks for itself.
June 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm #12056
Possible “purposes” off the top of my head:
1. Testing a new “tool” that they’ll use more and more once Tension gets “started”
2. Display of power, as @reaton said. Just to prove that they have other tricks up their sleeve that we didn’t know about
3. Mood/tone setting
4. Increasing paranoia by removing our ability to trust contact lists
Not everything needs to be progressing towards a goal or towards a greater point, especially not at the point where we’re at now. It might just be as simple as doing a thing because it’s cool. Clearly the two that received these spoofed calls thought it was
June 24, 2016 at 3:33 pm #12057
Also, at one of the events, they asked to unlock our phones and hand them over. They then proceeded to tell us how quick you can download information from a phone. So for those of us who went to that, this is a seed they had planted that is now starting to grow.
June 24, 2016 at 3:37 pm #12059
June 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm #12054
@jeromy Interesting point.
@thegilded I believe you are probably correct, that this is a display of “power” in some manner to get us unnerved. (Mission accomplished.)
But, there is a slight chance the specific choice of audio may have some meaning that is not clear, yet. Only time will tell…
June 24, 2016 at 3:34 pm #12058
Maybe they are just enjoying messing with us! If I had access to that it would be a really fun tool to get into peoples heads with and mess around.
June 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm #12043
The level of access tension has is seriously unnerving!
June 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm #12048
So far, @thebuz and @rusty have gotten odd phone calls. Wonder who else is next.
June 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm #12049
Who else are people that are close in real life that are doing tension together? That seems to be the link between the two calls.
June 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm #12061
My phone rang, but it actually WAS the person my phone said it was.
I’m impressed, Tension.
June 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm #12067
For clarification since I can no longer edit the above post – there were two separate thoughts here. My phone DID ring, I DID jump, and it wasn’t Tension.
And I *AM* genuinely impressed. Not joking or being sarcastic. Truth.
June 24, 2016 at 4:22 pm #12070
Hmmm. Thus has happened to me before in the past. Funny shit since nobody believed it possible when I mentioned it. Except Sean. Sean mentioned it could be possible with a lot of effort.
Well, hate to say I told ya so but…. 😉
June 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm #12075
How insane is this?!?!
Now I will be beyond paranoid if I see Buz call me.
June 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm #12076
So, here’s a question maybe for @thegilded – does the person doing the spoofing need to have the phone number of the incoming call?
Did they need to choose to disguise themselves as Kasch for Buz?
June 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm #12080
I’m no expert, but from quick scan of the link explaining it someone posted it seems that they had to decide to make the call look like a specific number.
June 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm #12082
Totally didn’t see the link. Thanks.
I was mostly wondering the likelihood of this reaching me – they’ve never had my phone in their possession.
Now I’m mentally going through the list of people I might have talked about whose numbers are easily found online.
June 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm #12077
June 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm #12079
I don’t get it. Did I say something wrong?
June 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm #12083
I am terrified -Buz
Terrified. Interesting word choice.
June 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm #12085
Dang that’s creepy.
June 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm #12100
I received a phone call like 3 days ago.
A woman, heavy accent.
What is crazy, I was scared away by the questionnaire, so I never gave them my number. So when she called I flipppppped.
Then I realized today that I sent them an email when they were first announced and my number was on my email sign off!
June 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm #12101
June 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm #12154
Got another call from a San Diego number.
It was a bunch of creepy sounds then a little girl laughing.
THEN… it said “YOU’VE BEEN PRANKED BY CALL SPIN, SOMEONE YOU KNOW WANTED YOU TO GET PRANKED. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE PRANKED, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE.”
Don’t know if Tension related and they fucked up not thinking that the call would have that at the end or if someone was legit trying to prank me.
Some what lowered my TENSION.
When I called the number back it just said go to http://callspin.com/
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