To catch a thief
December 17, 2013 6:39 PM Subscribe
About a month ago, my mom misplaced her government-owned (work) iPhone 5. After a month of searching her home/car/office/relatives/everywhere to no avail, she copped up and told boss. They took the news well and paid for not only her new phone, but also for the loss of her old phone. Being the mischievous son I am, I want to make an attempt to retrieve the phone.
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She picked up her new phone today and was surprised to find her work contact list had been erased and a new one in it's place (they "restored" the contact list from the latest backup on the VZW system). Amongst the firstname-only list were entries for "Mom" and "Dad". Clearly, whoever found the phone had been using it before the account was suspended/canceled. To be clear, the old phone has been reported lost to Verizon and the ESN flagged as "bad" to prevent/hinder resale.
After a bit of Googling, I was able to determine supposed first and last names, as well as an address, of these "Mom" and "Dad" entries by reverse lookup. The last names and addresses match, so I presume these are the parents of whoever has the phone.
Like I said, I can be rather mischievous (clean fun!), so I kindly suggested my mom call the "Mom" on the phone and explain the situation, making sure to call her by name... if my mom started asking me about a phone I "found" I'd make damn sure it got returned.
Mefites: what would you do in this situation?