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article imageBrooklyn man tricks iPhone thief using dating app

By Layne Weiss     Jan 7, 2013 in Technology
Brooklyn - A Brooklyn man left his cell phone in a cab on New Year's Eve. Before going to bed, he posted a message about his phone on Facebook. Upon waking up, the man learned the thief had been sending messages to women through a dating app on the missing phone.
Using smarts, technology, and even the art of seduction, Nadav Nirenberg, 27, has his phone back.
The morning of January 1st Nirenberg checked his email and noticed suspicious activity on his OkCupid account. He has an OkCupid App on his phone, he told to CBSNewYork.
The musician explained that he no longer uses the app as he now has a girlfriend, but he saw that someone else was able to gain access to it and was sending messages to women. The messages started going out at around 6 am January 1st and Nirenberg said he messaged "like seven girls" in "two minutes," showing signs he was extremely desperate or just wanted to take advantage of having the phone.
Nirenberg came up with a plan to get his phone back. He created a fake account, posing as a 24-year-old woman named Jennifer. He posted a picture a "hot"girl to tempt the thief and offered him a date, The Associated Press reports.
Nirenberg invited the man over, but did not give him his apartment #. He let him into his apartment building and gave him $20 for the phone, he told CBSNewYork. He told the thief the police had been informed of the incident. He was holding a hammer in the other hand in case things got ugly.
Nirenberg said the police advised he handled the situation differently. They strongly suggested an officer be there during the entire time, and told him to call 911 about 10 minutes before the man was supposed to arrive.
It turned out not to be an issue, though as the thief just gave Mr. Nirenberg his phone back and left without saying a word, The Associated Press reports.
He has his since downloaded the "Find My Phone" app, which a much easier way to retrieve a missing iPhone.
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