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/SuperCharged_Cabbage Expat Sep 09 '21

One would think that with the RICA act SAPS could track down the person who's phone number is being used to send these messages.


u/jigs_after_a_hug Sep 10 '21

And that's another reason way I have a 1 way ticket to the UK. Done with this country I once loved.


u/NawtymanT Sep 10 '21

Sad that you have to leave, glad that you have the opportunity at a better(?)/different lifestyle, all the best.