Many criminals usually prefer to steal iPhones over Android mobile gadgets. However, experts claim that they are not actually after the device.
Criminals and thieves usually steal mobile gadgets since they are the most commonly used devices when people are in public. This is the main reason why you should now stay on the sidewalk while using your phone. There’s a chance that a rider will drive past you and snatch your beloved handset, especially if it is an iPhone.
iPhone is one of the most advanced mobile devices in the market right now. With the release of the iPhone 12 series and iPhone 13, tech enthusiasts are going more nuts as they wait for Apple’s next high-end handset.
This is currently happening in various countries, especially Brazil. Experts said that residents in this area are currently in danger. Why? Because if you have an iPhone in Brazil, your bank details are in danger. The thieves of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil have it very clear. Because although when a criminal steals your mobile phone, the normal thing is to think that he does it to sell the parts and make a profit, in this city the opposite happens.
Police authorities are the ones that confirmed these detail, claiming that almost all the criminals in Brazil are now looking for people with iPhones. They explained that these criminals realized that it is much more profitable to access the owner’s bank information than to sell the actual expensive device.
What You Need To Do If Your Handset Is Stolen
Apple’s official website provides a quick guide about the things you need to do when your iPhone is stolen from you. If ever this happens to you, your friends, or relatives, send this guide to them to make sure that the incident won’t get serious.
Contact your wireless carrier
- If the missing device is an iPhone or an iPad with cellular, report your missing device to your wireless carrier. Ask the carrier to disable your account to prevent calls, texts, and data use. And if your device is covered under your wireless carrier plan, file a claim.
Remotely erase your device
- After you erase a smartphone, you can’t track its location, so make sure that you no longer need to search for the device. If you have AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, do not erase your iPhone until your claim has been approved.
Mark as Lost
- When you mark your smartphone as lost, you remotely lock it with a passcode, keeping your information secure. This also disables Apple Pay on the missing device. And you can display a custom message with your contact information on the missing device.
Look for your device on a map
- To find your smartphone, sign in to iCloud.com/find. Or use the Find My app on another Apple device that you own.
- If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn’t appear in the list of devices, Find My was not turned on. But you can still protect your account if Find My was not turned on.
File a Theft and Loss claim
- If your missing smartphone is covered by AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, file a claim for an iPhone replacement.
Remove your missing device from your account
- If you have AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, do not remove your lost iPhone from your account until your claim has been approved.
- Go to appleid.apple.com to remove the missing device from your list of trusted devices.