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Topic # 112404 7-Dec-2012 13:38 Send private message

My daughter's cell phone was swiped recently

It has a handy secuirty feature that sends a message to predefined numbers when a new sim card is inserted.

So now I have the phone number ( on  027) of the person that grabbed

I've sent messages suggesting they return it. I've tried calling the number, and leaving voicemail

All to no avail.

Before involving the police and blacklisting the IMEI I was wondering if there is a way to do a reverse directory lookup (official or otherwise) to get the address associated with the number?

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  Reply # 728523 7-Dec-2012 13:42 Send private message

Telecom won't give out personal information about another customer without approval from the customer due to the privacy act.

Best plan is to go to the police and report it, and either get the IMEI blocked or if the police are involved the phone could be tracked if the request is initiated via the Police.




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  Reply # 728524 7-Dec-2012 13:45 Send private message

hahaha how's that for scary, you steal a phone and just when you think you're safe by taking out the old sim and putting a new one in, the previous owners magically get your number and start abusing you!

hope you get the phone back!













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  Reply # 728526 7-Dec-2012 13:49 Send private message

What make/model phone is it?

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  Reply # 728531 7-Dec-2012 13:53 Send private message

Can't believe you didn't call police immediately...

Anyhoo, onwards and upwards:

Call the police.
Call Telecom.
Search the 027 number in Facebook - you are likely to get their name.
Friend them.
Find out where they work.
Find out their moms name.
Text the number, offering a $100 reward (I have done this, it worked, people are dumb).
Text the number from a different phone. Use txt speak. Pretend to be a mate of a mate. Offer $20 petrol money to get picked up and taken to town.

+ many more tricks if you think hard enough.




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  Reply # 728534 7-Dec-2012 13:54 Send private message

I have Cerberos installed on my phone. Change of SIM or not, can GPS track the phone, take photos with the cameras, get automatic photos of people who use the phone... very cool.




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  Reply # 728536 7-Dec-2012 14:00 Send private message

P.S. I also believe that blacklisting an IMEI is a very good way to encourage a thief/receiver to throw the device away, thereby eliminating the prospect of getting it back.

Having the thief's mobile number is a great start (hardest part really) of getting it back.

Call the police, and ask Telecom for help, but tell them you don't want it blacklisted yet!




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  Reply # 728539 7-Dec-2012 14:07 Send private message

myopinion: What make/model phone is it?


Samsung - not sure of the model - qwery keyboard that slides - no gps

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  Reply # 728583 7-Dec-2012 14:41 Send private message

post the number on facebook and get other people to abuse him!



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  Reply # 728608 7-Dec-2012 15:13 Send private message

joker97: post the number on facebook and get other people to abuse him!


For now I'm giving them the opportunity to do the right thing and return it

But I am not a patient person, so Yes, that will be one of our next actions

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