This is a true story. I read it somewhere. The poster who is an iPhone 6 Plus owner lost his handset and pass code. I share it here with my readers because it’s a hard lesson, and other iOS handset owners should not let it happen to them.
I lost my iPhone 6 Plus on a Tuesday. When I found it’s gone, I called my number like crazy. No one would answer my calls however. So I tried using Find my iPhone and it said the phone was offline. I was not surprised because I always disconnect my device from the Internet when I do not use it. I tried again that night and it said my phone was turned off. I knew immediately that my handset was stolen and it will never come back.
I received a SMS the following day from my stolen phone saying that the phone was sent to a repair shop but the SIM card can be returned. Apparently it’s from the thief. I thought it over and agreed.
Two days later I received another SMS from a number 085295163352 and it reads:
iCould location info:
The phone you put in stolen mode is being flashed using iTunes and activated, the location info is recorded.
If it’s not been done by you, please visit icloud-ituens.com immediately to view its current location,
Unsubscribe by replying T [APPLE]
I clicked that link on my phone and it went to http://icloud-ituens.com/login_918830.asp, it looked quite like the official Find my iPhone webpage but the version is a bit old – 2.4. I did not give it a second thought and gave up.
I received yet another text message from 1069057804467 a day later, and the content is:
[Apple] Dear Apple user, your phone in stolen mode is in an Apple store requesting a new replacement.
If it’s not done by you or your phone is lost, please log into https://www.AppIeid.co and verify your information.
We will put your phone on hold once you pass the verification.
Unsubscribe by replying N.
To be honest, I was pleasant for a second that Apple provides such service. I clicked the link and it directed me to the same page I saw a day ago. I highly doubted it and was hesitate to enter my Apple ID and password.
So I called Apple’s official support line 400-627-2273 and it said please call back in working hours.
A day later from that day I received a package at work and it was my SIM card. It reminds me of the phone thing and I started calling Apple support. Unfortunately it’s always busy, busy, busy. I admit I was a little anxious at the time.
When I was ready to call Apple again I got a message from 1069057804468:
[Apple receipt] Dear iPhone user, your phone in stolen mode gets a new replacement successfully.
Repair No. 671108. If it’s not you sent the phone, please log in to https://www.AppIeid.co.
We will hold the replacement when you verify your information.
Unsubscribe by replying N.
I was in huge pressure then and preferred to believe it although I still had doubts. How I wish I have thought it through. I clicked that link again and entered my password, but it said the password was incorrect. How could I be wrong? I type my code every day! I realized suddenly that it’s a trap.
I dialed Apple’s support number at once and waited a minute till someone answers. A woman told me that Apple has no such service and it’s a Phishing site.
I refused to believe that and tried Find my iPhone. Nothing! The once offline iPhone 6 Plus is nowhere to find. It’s gone! Now anyone could use my handset!!!
It’s gone, for good.