Student loses iPhone – and it shows up 6,000 miles away in Hong Kong

Student loses iPhone – and it shows up 6,000 miles away in Hong Kong

September 10, 2019

A student who lost her mobile phone was shocked when the device ended up 6,000 miles away in Hong Kong.

Lainey Fricker-Harrison lost the iPhone 6S during a shopping trip last month  – and said it had her entire 'life' on it.

The 20-year-old, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, thought the device may have ended up somewhere local.

But never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would end up halfway round the world, the Manchester Evening News reported . 

Lainey, who studies photography at University of Huddersfield, lost the phone during a shopping trip on August 3.

"I remember walking out of the Arndale and I went to take a video of some person, it was some random guy rapping. He looked like the Manchester rapper Aitch. It was alright. I was going to send it to my friend", she said.

"I went to put the phone in my pocket. I don't know if it was pick-pocketed or I dropped it."

About ten minutes later, after a trip to Morrisons, she discovered it had gone missing.

After a fruitless search, she was resigned to never getting the phone back.

"I went home and got a new phone the next day. It's not as though it's a valuable phone, it's quite old."

Lainey put her phone on 'lost' mode on Find My iPhone, so no one could access her data.

She then bought a new device from Cash Converters.

The student heard nothing more about it – until she received a message from a 'random email address' on Monday, more than a month later, saying her lost phone had been activated with a new sim card.

She then received some suspicious messages that she thinks were a scam, saying her photo stream had been 'restored' into the phone of 'Mr Jack'.

She didn't click on the link as a precaution, and changed her phone from lost mode to 'erase my iPhone'.

Lainey logged on to Find My iPhone and discovered the device was in Hong Kong, near the border with China. And she couldn't get over it.

She took to Twitter to express her confusion.

At 4.51pm, she tweeted: "CBA when I lost my phone in MANCHESTER I repeat MARKET STREET MANCHESTER guess where it’s been located on find my iPhone…F*****G HONG KONG cannot be f****d with it all."

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