Receiving a text message from a family member is a normal, expected occurrence – unless you know that person has had their phone stolen, that is. That’s exactly what happened to imgur user thelowflyingowl. To try to get his own back, he then decided to play a prank on the person who had unexpectedly texted from his sister’s phone.
In an imgur post from August 21, 2017, thelowflyingowl told the story of his sister’s lost cell. She had spent all summer long working and saving to buy an iPhone before the start of her senior year of high school.
But sadly she wouldn’t have the device for long. She wasn’t entirely sure what happened, but her iPhone had either been stolen from her, or she had somehow accidentally mislaid it. If that wasn’t bad enough, the iPhone was in a wallet case, which meant she lost her cards and ID along with her new phone.
To make matters even worse, she hadn’t activated the “Find My iPhone” app on her device, either. The software would have allowed her to set her phone to Lost Mode, which would lock it and allow her to track its location on a map.
But her brother would soon discover that her missing iPhone wasn’t gone forever. In his imgur post, thelowflyingowl wrote, “Yesterday I get this text from a strange number. I give my sister a quick call to make sure it is not her.”
Then, he shared screenshots of his conversation with the person pretending to be his sister. “What happened?” thelowflyingowl asked. “I forgot,” wrote the person on the other end, adding, “Do you know my iPhone password I forgot it.”
At that point, thelowflyingowl wrote that he was “well aware that this is not [his] sister,” but someone trying to fish for her password. This caused an epiphany in the imgur user, who added, “I was bored, so I say to myself, ‘Why not have some fun?’ We will never get the phone back, but what the heck, might as well kill some time.”
With that, he asked the person texting to let him find the phone’s password. As the seconds ticked away, they became impatient. “Are you mad at me?” they texted. To that, thelowflyingowl responded mysteriously, “Well, you did leave us to do all that work with the you know who.”
“We had to to take the you know what and dig a hole 3 times as deep as we had planned,” he went on, adding, “so took a while.” The person texting from his sister’s iPhone seemed unfazed by this potentially sinister information, though. “I’m sorry but I need my password,” they wrote back.
“I’m not at the office… I thought I had it here….. You know the boss has your password and Find My iPhone set up. If he finds out you got locked out of your phone, I will not be able to step in for you again,” thelowflying owl texted back, weaving an even crazier story.
“You know he gets carried away when he drinks,” he warned, “so you best be finding that little piece of paper where you wrote it down. Else he might send someone over there.” The person with the iPhone remained unmoved. “6 digits, I can’t remember it, don’t tell boss,” they persisted.
At this point in the conversation, thelowflyingowl wrote on imgur, “I am certain that his or her insistence will at the very least make this a lengthy exchange.” But the big brother didn’t budge – he texted back after the person on the other end said they didn’t have the password or paper where it was written.
“Boss just called me… and I had to tell him. You are in for it now. I can’t say much but go bury the suitcase somewhere only you know,” thelowflyingowl texted. “There is enough in there to last you 6 months. You remember where you left the suitcase at least???”
When asked if he was joking, thelowflyingowl responded, “Why would I joke about that… You should hurry, you know how fast he can track you down. I can’t help you, so do as I say. Pick up the suitcase asap.”
At this point, the person with his sister’s iPhone admitted, “This isn’t my phone so I’m getting off this one, bye. I’m heading to North Dakota.” But thelowflyingowl wasn’t ready to let them off that easily. “Nooo,” he wrote back, “That’s where he is. He will find you in seconds on his turf.”
“Okay, I’m going to Florida,” the person wrote back. Again, thelowflyingowl warned against that move, texting, “It’s your funeral… I can’t help. Get the suitcase, it’s your only hope.” When the person contested, saying it was “just a prank,” he wrote back saying, “[The boss] won’t believe that.”
Again, the person with the iPhone tried to clear the air, “This isn’t [your sister], I just wanted the password, but what r u talking about. Goodbye.” By now though thelowflyingowl was like a dog with a bone. He wouldn’t relent and responded back, saying, “I don’t know how you got mixed up in this, but there is a very serious bad man.”
Not only that, but he “can track that phone… I would suggest turning it in to your nearest police department… I am not joking. You are in danger,” thelowflyingowl warned one last time. When the person questioned him again, he wrote back, “You will certainly find out.”
With that, the conversation ended – but the story didn’t. The next day, thelowflyingowl’s sister received an email from the sheriff’s office. It said, “I am letting you know that someone turned in an iPhone with your ID and debit card this evening.”
So his sister retrieved her iPhone and even managed to take a photo to commemorate the unexpected turn of events. As for his successful attempt to prank a stranger into returning it with his crazy story, thelowflyingowl wrote, “I have peaked!”