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Man who stole $300K worth of iPhones reveals how he did it

Man who stole $300K worth of iPhones reveals how he did it

A man who managed to swindle multiple Apple users out of their hard-earned money explained how he made thousands.

Nobody likes to be a victim of theft, but who better to teach how to avoid becoming a victim than a criminal.

A man serving time in Minnesota Correctional Facility, after being convicted for multiple crimes, has explained how he was able to rack up thousands of dollars after stealing iPhones.

26-year-old Aaron Johnson detailed just how easily he was able to go on a yearlong smartphone stealing spree that resulted in his 94-month prison sentence.

It is estimated he was able to make $300,000 before he was busted. Though this figure wasn’t reached just him on his own as the Minneapolis Police Department’s arrest warrant says they got 11 members of an entire enterprise.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), he explained that since he was already being punished for his crime, he might as well try and make amends by letting people know just how he was successful.

Which I suppose would be good to know if you are one of the millions of people who don’t set foot outside without your iPhone.

Breaking down how he managed to make so much, it worked eerily similar to the scenes seen in Will Smith’s 2015 film Focus.

26-year-old Aaron Johnson detailed just how easily he was able to go on a yearlong smartphone stealing spree.
The Wall Street Journal

He would pinpoint a victim, ideally in a dimly lit bar, and make a selection. He explained that college-age men became ideal as 'they’re already drunk and don’t know what’s going on for real'.

He would befriend them, possibly offering drugs or tell them he was a rapper and wanted to add them on Snapchat.

They would eventually hand over their phone to Johnson, thinking he would put in his details and give it right back, but not the case.

“I say, ‘Hey, your phone is locked. What’s the passcode?’ They say, ‘2-3-4-5-6,’ or something. And then I just remember it,” Johnson explained.

Other times he’d simply record people typing their passcodes. If he could manage it he would then slip out with the phone in his possession or hand it to a member of his crew.

Once he was in, the game seemed to get a lot easier. He’d take rapid steps to ensure they couldn’t have access, deactivating lost phone apps, changing passcodes and changing Apple ID passwords.

Johnson explained that college-age men became ideal.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

He’d go a step further by enrolling his face to Face ID because 'when you got your face on there, you got the key to everything' according to Johnson as it gave him quick access to passwords saved in the iCloud Keychain.

By the time Johnson’s drunk victims have realized later that evening or the next day that something is wrong, he has already transferred money via apps like Apple Pay - either to keep or to make high-end Apple purchases to sell on.

So, probably best not to let strangers take your phone, even if it seems harmless at the time.

Featured Image Credit: The Wall Street Journal / Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Topics: News, US News, Crime, iPhone, Technology, Money