BEWARE: fake ‘Iphone has been found’ email

My iPhone 6 was stolen last December 24 as I was walking home from work. I’d rather not relive the nightmare by telling you the whole ordeal but let this serve as a public service announcement: the Recto techies — for the lack of a better name for them, now use phishing sites to lure you into providing them your iCloud password. For non-locals, Recto Avenue in Manila is infamous for everything fake and forged.

I made sure to report the phone stolen and to send an erase request through the Find My iPhone app minutes after the attack. I now have a better appreciation for the money I pay for Apple gadgets.

My phone has been inactive since the day it was stolen, but on Dec 27, I got a couple of emails with the subject ‘iPhone has been found.’

At first I got excited knowing that the phone would finally be wiped clean of my data. Despite how jaded this may sound, I don’t really expect my phone to be returned even though I could virtually locate it. I just want my data safe, and am comfortable with the knowledge that the new iOS and the Lost Mode feature is still difficult to crack — thus this post.

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You might initially think this is legit, but I checked the email address of the sender — something not everyone might be inclined to do upon receiving emails, and that’s when I knew I was being tricked. I don’t think Apple would ruin their reputation by sending you an email using a Gmail address.

Upon clicking on a link (I blame my curiousity), iCloud will also warn you that this is a phishing site. My iCloud account shows that my erase request filed minutes after the attack is still pending; the iPhone will be wiped clean once it connects to the internet.

Cellphone vendors and techie stalls that buy or deal with stolen phones appear to be more creative now. It still surprises me how low people are willing to go just to own material possesions they could not really afford, or one they haven’t worked hard for.

Mine is not an isolated story. In 2014, Kicker News Daily and The Daily Pedia ran a story of a stolen goods buyer offering the iPhone owner money for her Apple ID, and somewhere along the way threatening her they’ll post her images on social media. #

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