Fearful iPhone Thief Returns Victim’s Contact List, SIM card
Posted on December 23, 2013
If GPS tracking won’t bring back your stolen iPhone, try threatening the thief through texts. It just might work.
You probably won’t see the expensive device again, but if you write those threats right, you’ll likely get your SIM card back, along with all your stored contacts — All 1,000 of them handwritten!
It worked for Zou Bin, a worker in China’s lucrative pub industry (which is believed to have Triad ties). A wily thief stealthily made away with his smartphone sometime last month while he was sharing a cab, drunk, on his way home from a party. The theft happened in a region between Yiyang and Changsha, in Hunan, and pretty much left Bin steaming over the loss of his 2,680 RMB handset.
Xinhua News Agency reported that Zou, on realising he had been outfoxed, bombarded his number with a series of menacing messages, demanding the thief return the iPhone to a supplied address. What he got in the mail was a parcel containing eleven leaves of paper with all his phone contacts — a thousand of them — arduously penned in ink, along with his SIM card. The phone, however, was not returned.
The texts went thus: “I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you.”
“Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I am in.”
“Send me back the phone to the address below if you are sensible.”
Afterwards, Zou somewhat zestfully mocked the thief, saying, “It would take a while to write from one to one thousand, let alone names and a whole string of digits.
“I suppose [the thief's] hand is swelling.”
Chinese Internet users gave the thief plaudits for his tasking efforts, dubbing him “the conscience of the [theft] industry”.