Have you ever lost your phone before? Did you get it back? If not, this story might make you feel better.
Brooklyn musician Nadav Nirenberg accidently left his iPhone in a New York City taxi cab on New Year’s Eve. He tried calling the number multiple times from a friends phone but his iPhone was already turned off by whoever picked it up from the taxi. Nirenberg and his phone were the latest victims of an Apple product crime wave called “Apple Picking” by NYC Police.
Nirenberg had given up hope of ever seeing his phone again until he noticed that somone was using his OkCupid.com account to try to setup dates. Going against advice from authorities, Nirenberg created a fake female profile with a busty photo that he found on the Internet and set up a date with the thief. The thief showed up nicely dressed, smelling of cologne and carrying a bottle of wine. Nirenberg met the thief on the stairwell, gave him a $20 finders fee and took the phone back. Just in case things didn’t go according to plan, Nirenberg had a hammer hidden behind his back. The thief gave up the phone and ran away carrying his bottle of wine.
Although Nirenberg’s story is inspiring to anyone who has lost their phone before, it’s very dangerous. If you don’t want to risk your life, a less risky method of finding your iPhone is to download the free Find My iPhone app from the Apple App Store. However, this app only works if the GPS in the phone hasn’t been disabled and a lot of thieves are on to this feature. But the Find My iPhone app also allows you to remotely wipe all of your personal info and prevent people from using your personal accounts to do thing like get dates online.
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