Hong Kong Resident Uses Social Media To Catch iPhone Thief

Having been the victim of mobile phone theft, I've dreamed of catching the thief. Unfortunately, when I lost my phone, technology wasn't as impressive as it is today. Over the weekend, a Hong Kong resident had his iPhone 5 stolen, but with the help of social media and the internet, he was able to get his phone back and close a phone-stealing case.

According to People's Daily, Mr Wan was looking to sell his iPhone 5. Wan posted his sale online and was approached by different buyers. On the afternoon of the 10, Li was set to meet a buyer.

After meeting the buyer, Mr Li, the two began talking about the iPhone. Li asked Wan loads of questions about Li's iPhone. During the questioning, Li swapped out Wan's phone with a realistic model. Unaware he had been scammed Wan let Li walk away with the real deal.

Finding out that he had been had, Wan turned to the internet for help. Wan had taken an image of Li that he uploaded online. He also posted about the way he was scammed, finding more victims to speak out. Eventually Hong Kong netizens found Li's personal information, as well as where he lives.

Wan called the police and Li was apprehended According to netizens and police, Li's parents run a newsstand on the streets of Hong Kong. Li has a brother who graduated university and supposedly is a model citizen. Apparently Li would constantly hassle his parents for money, going so far as to harass them at their newsstand.

Li is now under police custody and Wan has his iPhone back. Perhaps next time Wan would be more careful when selling his phone.

[骗徒偷换iPhone 遭香港网友人肉搜索大“起底”] [People's Daily]

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    Not to be that guy but... where is the part about gaming again?

    This isn't even Japan...

      Notice how the tag at the top says "In real life"?
      That kind of gave it away.

      Also, how did you even get to this article thinking that it was a gaming thing?
      You had to have clicked on the headline, and you must have read it.
      Nowhere does it say 'game' anywhere. Or even imply that it might.

      There are hundreds of gaming articles on this site, if you want to see one, just look around.
      Don't be that idiot (a bit late now) who comments about how few gaming article there are, the second after he has just clicked on a non gaming one.

        I didn't realise "In Real Life" meant "No relation to gaming whatsoever". My mistake.

        Kotaku is a gaming blog, admittedly with a fair bit of Japanese culture stuff like cosplay thrown in (guessing thats why the name contains "otaku"). That is basically what I expect to read on here.

        Did I think this article would have a link to gaming? Not necessarily.

        Did I blatantly assume it wouldn't? No, I thought maybe there was something here to tie the whole theme together.

        Can you give me a reason an article like this doesn't belong on Gizmodu instead? Since that's a technology blog, and this deals directly with technology and not at all with gaming?

        I don't think it's "being an idiot" to point out that some articles are misplaced, or could perhaps use a more direct link to the reason people browse this particular site. Even if it was just a "I know this isn't gaming but this was quite cool..." at the beginning of the article, it would serve as an indicator as to why exactly this irrelevant tidbit about a guy who got swindled and then posted on Facebook about it is at all relevant to me.

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