BRILLIANT: Brooklyn Man Tricks iPhone Thief Using Dating App
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)¬†‚ÄĒ A Brooklyn man now has his stolen iPhone back ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Eve, he left his iPhone in the back of a cab headed to a gig with his band, and someone picked it up.
‚ÄúMultiple calls/emails to myself (the phone) offering a reward for the following 12 hours were deleted, this dude was clearly keeping it,‚ÄĚ Nirenberg wrote. ‚ÄúDamn.‚ÄĚ
But the thief was not smooth enough to reset the iPhone and start fresh, Nirenberg wrote. The thief instead decided to start using Nirenberg‚Äôs OKCupid app, and began ‚Äúsending weird messages to girls at 6 on the morning,‚ÄĚ he wrote.
So Nirenberg claims he came up with the perfect plan to ensnare the thief.
‚ÄúI created a fake email and a half-believable OKCupid account as ‚ÄėJennifer Rodriguez‚Äô ‚Äď a 24-year-old girl who just moved to Brooklyn and is looking for a man to take her out,‚ÄĚ Nirenberg wrote. ‚ÄúI sent a message to the thief (my account) and chatted him up as Jennifer‚Ä¶weird.‚ÄĚ
Nirenberg told the New York Post that to create ‚ÄúJennifer,‚ÄĚ he grabbed a Google Images photo of a woman ‚Äúsmiling into a webcam with a bit of exposed cleavage.‚ÄĚ
The plan worked perfectly, Nirenberg wrote.
‚ÄúA few hours later he was headed to ‚ÄėJennifer‚Äôs apartment for a relaxing bottle of wine and a good time,‚ÄĚ Nirenberg wrote. ‚ÄúWhat a lucky night for him.‚ÄĚ
When the thief showed up at Nirenberg‚Äôs apartment, Nirenberg popped out behind him and calmly handed him $20 for the iPhone, which was in the thief‚Äôs hand, Nirenberg claimed. Holding a hammer, Nirenberg said he then told the thief the police were on the way.