NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man now has his stolen iPhone back – after he claims he tricked the thief into meeting him through his OKCupid dating app.
Nadav Nirenberg, 27, of Park Slope, Brooklyn,wrote on his Facebook page that on the night of New Year’s Eve, he left his iPhone in the back of a cab headed to a gig with his band, and someone picked it up.
“Multiple calls/emails to myself (the phone) offering a reward for the following 12 hours were deleted, this dude was clearly keeping it,” Nirenberg wrote. “Damn.”
But the thief was not smooth enough to reset the iPhone and start fresh, Nirenberg wrote. The thief instead decided to start using Nirenberg’s OKCupid app, and began “sending weird messages to girls at 6 on the morning,” he wrote.
So Nirenberg claims he came up with the perfect plan to ensnare the thief.
“I created a fake email and a half-believable OKCupid account as ‘Jennifer Rodriguez’ – a 24-year-old girl who just moved to Brooklyn and is looking for a man to take her out,” Nirenberg wrote. “I sent a message to the thief (my account) and chatted him up as Jennifer…weird.”
Nirenberg told the New York Post that to create “Jennifer,” he grabbed a Google Images photo of a woman “smiling into a webcam with a bit of exposed cleavage.”
The plan worked perfectly, Nirenberg wrote.
“A few hours later he was headed to ‘Jennifer’s apartment for a relaxing bottle of wine and a good time,” Nirenberg wrote. “What a lucky night for him.”
When the thief showed up at Nirenberg’s apartment, Nirenberg popped out behind him and calmly handed him $20 for the iPhone, which was in the thief’s hand, Nirenberg claimed. Holding a hammer, Nirenberg said he then told the thief the police were on the way.