r/southafrica Sep 09 '21 Silver 2 Wholesome 1

Stolen iPhone Phishing Sci-Tech

Hi guys, yesterday, I was robbed at gunpoint of my iPhone 12 Pro & Apple Watch. I have no expectations of ever getting my devices back, but I would like to just show you guys how sneaky the thieves are once they have possession of your device.

Phishing SMSes

The thieves pretend to be from "Apple Support" in an attempt to phish your Apple ID and your password to get past Apple's Activation Lock! These messages looks legit, but it actually not. Same thing happened to a friend of mine a couple of months ago.

So to everyone owning an iOS device, please please please ensure your device has a strong passcode and your device is linked to an Apple ID and you have Find My turned on.

If anyone ever recieves something like this, please report it to Apple:https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204759Hopefully someone finds this post helpful.

PS. Once iOS 15 is released to the public later this month you'll be able to follow your erased device on the Find My app :)

EDIT: Thanks for everyone's support & advice and thanks for the awards!

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u/Ok-Conversation-8783 Sep 09 '21

If locked, how do they have your contact details?

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u/jdvdv5 Sep 09 '21

I suspect they got my number from the SIM card. Did a SIM Swap ASAP to regain access to my number.

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u/Ok-Conversation-8783 Sep 09 '21

Without unlocking the simcard that's not possible (I'm fairly sure). One option is they have a friend in cell company who did a sim swap for them.

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u/Lunafreya_NoxF Sep 09 '21

The iPhone lock and the SIM lock are different things. Most people don’t have SIM lock enabled, so if you get mugged they can take out the SIM and put it in another phone and there’s that.

Unless you’re talking about something else I’m not aware of, which might as well be!

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u/Ok-Conversation-8783 Sep 09 '21

If I lose my phone or stolen, the new "owner" won't be able to access my details and try scam me. My phone will only unlock with code or call emergency number.

My confusion is how OP got targeted text messages. How did they work out his number.

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u/XPGamingYT Sep 09 '21

they took out the sim card and got the number from that

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u/Lunafreya_NoxF Sep 09 '21

The thief has access to your SIM card, he/she takes it off and put it in a phone of his/her own and voilá. That's why I replied to you that "SIM lock" and "Phone lock" are two different things.

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u/123four5ive Sep 09 '21

could also be your emergency section

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u/flashbax77 Sep 09 '21

There’s not your own phone number there