This is another of those fun events that happen every now and then; well it has a serious aspect to it, but it’s interesting all the same.
We rented a place some years ago and set up the phone and internet. A couple of weeks later they stopped working properly; the phone was sounding scratchy and was cutting out intermittently and so we called the phone provider to get it repaired.
A few days later a man showed up in a green van. He wasn’t very talkative – he went around the side of the house and a while later emerged and said it’s fixed. He asked us to try the line; it worked fine, so we thanked him and he drove away.
A week later I had an out-of-body experience (OBE): I went outside the house, but something drew me to look closer. I went to the phone line and saw a device on it, which I knew to be a phone tap. I went from around the house and woke up back in my physical body. I told Angela about it and so we were mindful of this while we used the phone and internet.
About a year later, we had trouble again with the line, but it was a bit different this time – it didn’t have the same kind of interference the first problem had. So we phoned the provider again, but this time a man arrived in a white van. He was friendly and talkative and went to fix it. I didn’t mention the listening device and wondered whether he would find anything.
When he finished working on the phone line he said, “The line is fixed, but you had a device on your line – someone was listening into your connection. I’ve removed it now.”
We thanked him and he drove off; we had no problems again. I suppose quite a few people would have their conversations listened in to.