Person who found my stolen iPhone contacted me?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by littlet4lks, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. littlet4lks macrumors newbie

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    My iPhone was stolen from me around two years ago and all of the sudden yesterday I get a notification on WhatsApp from a man saying that they have my phone and that they want me to delete my ICloud account or give them the information for it so they could use my phone.

    They keep contacting me from different numbers and I keep blocking them but I am getting concerned. I was wondering how they were able to get my phone number if my phone was locked and reported on Find my iPhone when it was stolen?

    I don't know what I should do.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Report them to the police and let the police handle it.

    Your phone was stolen. Doesn't matter how long ago
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I agree with contacting the police. Give the local authorities all the information you have thus far.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Right!

    The cops can do things should they choose to act on this.

    Unknown to me, one of our email accounts at work was sending out spam. I got a call from Scottsdale, AZ police at work because someone in Scottsdale reported it to the police and they tracked it to our business. First time I've ever had to speak to a police detective about unawanted spam emanating from one of the work email accounts.

    This was 2005 or so. They've gotten a lot more resources since then.
     
  5. nia820 macrumors 68000

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    The person is bold. Asking you to delete your iCloud account so they can use a stolen device. LMAO.
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    Someone is asking you to help them use your stolen phone?!

    Why don't you tell them to go f*** themselves, and that you're calling the police?

    I mean, it's likely that they bought the phone from the original thief and they don't know (although it should be obvious) that it's stolen, but still...
     
  7. NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

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    How much are they willing to pay you to delete your iCloud account? :rolleyes:
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    They got your phone number from the sim card inside your stolen phone.
    Make sure to never remove that stolen device out of your iCloud account.
     
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  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Doesn't really seem like there's a way to really know.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Not sure but he's in possession of stolen property so that's still a felony.
    Who knows if the perpetrator is still in the US though.
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Sounds like they think they can annoy the OP enough to get it done.
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors G4

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    I can't speak for the OP's local law-enforcement practices, but they can "Ping" the cell phone numbers, which would ultimately give them a location from where the calls are coming from. That is, if the numbers are legitimate and they're are not spoofed. However, pinging is typically for emergencies only. But I have seen it where law-enforcement will use it in a situation with stolen phones, with the cooperation from the carrier.
     
  14. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    You people got better police than we do. If we can get them to fill out a report we feel lucky. Thousands of phones go missing every day and few are recovered by the police.

    This person is a real jerk and I am betting calling him names or threatening him with the police will not concern him in the least.
     
  15. sorcery macrumors regular

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    Tell him you tried but failed. Apparently you need to input the password into the device. Ask him where he is, if he admits to being close, arrange a meet in a hotel. Have an officer waiting with you. Or a heavy squad...
    --- Post Merged, Mar 19, 2017 ---
    In the event that you try this approach, make sure you are not followed home, even after an apparent no-show. Stay safe.
     
  16. bufffilm Suspended

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    I'd laugh at him and just tell them the iCloud lock is going to stay on forever.

    Then go about with your life.
     
  17. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    I would suggest moving on. Just block the number when called. The thief will loose interest once he know you are not going to come through.

    I would not meet the person. He will be selling it for parts soon.
     
  18. foxconn Suspended

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    Show us the conversations with this guy. Personally I would just mess with him
     
  19. bufffilm, Mar 19, 2017
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    Or you can do that!

    I'd start by saying the phone was stolen and would he please return it? Then I'd ask for money to remove the lock.
     
  20. RetroCase macrumors newbie

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    This is the correct answer, especially since they're getting info to contact you.
     
  21. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Tell them the phone is stolen so you will not be unlocking it, and if they do not return it you will be reporting them to the police. Most likely they purchased it from craigslist without knowing that it was stolen, but they still should return it.
     
  22. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Is there a possibility that this claim is a scam?
     
  23. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Considering they keep on contacting from different numbers it already seems either the know the phone was stolen or basically don't care.
     
  24. LoliS macrumors regular

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    If the phone is iCloud locked, then Find My iPhone is likelyl on. That would help locate it.
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    If they restored the phone then he will not be able to track it any longer with find my iphone.
    It will just be stuck at the icloud activation lock screen asking for the owners Apple ID and password.
    I think that is the case with this device that was stolen a few years back.
     

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