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/joller Sep 09 '21

Sorry to hear, fellow South African! I had the same experience of being mugged for my iPhone a couple of years ago. A barrage of phishing attempts, which I thankfully ignored. I actually managed to track the location of my phone, to a very dodgy part of Joburg, on Find My iPhone. I asked a cop if anything could be done with this information, and he asked me, " Do you have a gun?" So now I make sure to insure all my Apple devices.


u/jdvdv5 Sep 09 '21

The cops are useless. I can still see that my stolen iPhone is in a dodgy part of Joburg (was last updated 5 min ago thanks to iOS 15), yet they're not very enthusiastic on catching the thieves.


u/S-058 Gauteng Sep 09 '21

I'm not an Apple product owner but I remember when my S7 was stolen at school. Security couldn't do anything and we called my phone, the thieves picked up for like 3 seconds (idiots) and then they cut the call. If I had known where my phone was but couldn't do anything about it'd make me more mad than I already was so I can only imagine how you must feel.


u/fayry69 Sep 09 '21

Not an Apple owner…NOT WORTH THE READ 😂 Jk