Scam, Quick Ripoff, or Just Kids at the Mall?
March 28, 2014 4:00 PM Subscribe
So I was sitting in a common area at our local mall while my wife was shopping. I was checking mail on my phone, and a couple of young men, somewhere between 18 and 22, I would say, came up to me. One of them had an old-looking iPhone in his hand. He asked if he could use my phone to "call his mom," since his phone had no SIM card in it. He offered to let me hold this phone as "security" while he made the call.
I just waved them off with a shake of my head and they sorta stomped/wandered off. I have been debriefing this with myself for the last hour or so.
posted by Danf to Technology (34 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This was a quick decision, but now I am wondering what sort of scam it might have been, if indeed it was a scam.
Possibilities: 1. They could have just run off with my phone, leaving me with a worthless/stolen replacement (I am in really good shape so I probably would have caught them.) 2. Maybe they could have dialed some sort of evil code into my phone, wreaking havoc. 3. The kid just needed to call his mom.
Is there a known scam related to this? I recently got ripped off pretty bad in France for the sole reason that I did not have my wits about me. So my default has been to be very careful.
Was I just telling them to get the hell off my lawn, or dodging a bullet here?