A HTC phone that disappeared out of an unidentified student’s pocket on Thursday evening snapped a photo of the mystery man holding it and mailed the image to its owner.
Well hellooooo, startled looking lost-phone holder!
Of course, it’s impossible to say from the photo whether the man found the phone or nicked it from the student’s pocket.
That’s why Essex police, in the UK, are keen to have a chat with him, the BBC reports.
The phone was reportedly stolen from the student’s coat pocket while he was walking in Wivenhoe Park, Colchester.
We can’t say for sure whether the holder of the phone is a thief or a phone finder.
But it’s certainly possible that the mystery man was trying to enter a security code, entered the wrong PIN, and triggered an automatic selfie that the phone then emailed to its owner.
Of course, this is far from the first phone finder selfie to make its way back home.
One woman who lost her iPhone back in December 2012 also got an email with a selfie of the woman who tried to unlock it.
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4 comments on “Stolen phone snaps selfie of mystery man who entered wrong PIN”
Haha someone is going down…
What’s the best free app for android that can take “selfie” and email it to me 😀
I installed LockWatch
In my tests it worked OK, and the permissions it requests look to be above board.
A handy feature is that if you fumble your unlock code, and then get it right on the second attempt, it will not send the email if less than 10 seconds have elapsed. This should cut down on the number photos you get of yourself due to carelessness.
There is also a paid for version that will take more than one photo, and send the report via SMS as well as email.
Is there a similar app for iOS? Or for that matter a laptop computer?