We're not sure if this falls more in the category of cheeky or stupid, but it's definitely a bit of both. But it's also pretty funny.

On a night out in Manchester, psychology student Beth Freestone was devastated when her iPhone was stolen. As you would be. As we know, in addition to all the photos that we never back up on a regular basis, they're expensive pieces of kit.

So imagine Beth's surprise when, months after someone nicked her phone, Beth received a message on Facebook from a woman who claimed to have found her phone - yeah, right! - and who wanted to know Beth's iCloud passwords so she could use it herself.

The message read: "Hi, I hope you don't mind me asking but I was given this phone that I believe you lost and I'm just using it for 2 weeks whilst mine is repaired but I am unable to use it without the password for iCloud is it possible to get it so I can sign out and into my own account. Thank you in advance xx" [sic]



Understandably, the 18-year-old was a little skeptical and, after verifying that it was indeed her phone by asking the woman to send her a picture of it, she didn't feel safe sharing her password. Instead, she asked if the woman would mind sending her the phone back.

"I asked her if she could send it back and sent her some postage money over," said Bethm, who sent the woman £5. "She agreed to do it but then she never sent it. She kept making excuses.

"She blocked me on Facebook and then disconnected her mobile number so I haven't been able to get hold of her again.

"My friends also sent her a few text messages when she stopped messaging me but she still didn't send it over and was a bit aggressive."

In fact, despite the woman's pleasant and seemingly helpful early messages, things got downright nasty.

One message that the thief - sorry, alleged thief - wrote was as follows: "Phoning the police would do fuck all because I haven't stolen a phone so don't try and threaten me and stop calling me off no caller ID it will cost you money when I'm away." [sic]

"Unfortunately I work two jobs," continued the woman, "and am not able to get to a post office with ease so it's just how it worked out that I haven't been able to send it.



"It will get send when it gets sent its not a crime as I found it not stole it and am doing you a favour but if you continue to harass me it going in the bin so allow it." [sic].

Beth didn't have a tracking app to find her phone and didn't report the incident to police, but after receiving those and other threatening messages warning her not to inform the police, Beth finally exposed the woman on social media.

To date, her post has amassed over 20,000 retweets and likes. Hopefully, she'll get the phone back before too long and the culprit will get her just desserts.

Featured Image Credit: Mercury

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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