I Lost My Samsung Galaxy Smartphone And Now Someone Is Pretending To Be Me Online

Flickr / Kārlis Dambrāns
Flickr / Kārlis Dambrāns

I lost my phone in March of this year.

I’m a bit of a technophile. It was the latest and greatest Samsung Galaxy smartphone and I adored it. I had a protective case on it, screen protector, and every level of security and encryption you can get. I had the thumbprint scanner set as my password and one failed swipe led to a lockdown that required an account password to reactivate.

When I checked my bag after returning from lunch one day, it was gone. I called the diner, I called the bank where I had stopped for a quick withdrawl, I called the phone a hundred times. When I couldn’t track it down in an hour, I called my phone company and had it completely disabled.

It seems a little intense, but I work in a slightly classified area of the medical field. I’m allowed to use my personal phone for work, as long as I allow my office to encrypt and track the phone. Not even our IT gurus could tell me where it went. They assumed it fell out of my bag and broke somewhere on the street.

I got a replacement the next day, let IT work it over and got it back all secured and ready for a thumbprint. I locked it up and went about the rest of my week without really thinking about what happened.

The next Monday, I crawled out of bed, sipped my coffee, and checked my phone. I had 39 new notifications. My heart skipped a small beat the way it does when you experience something unexpected.

It was 13 missed calls and 26 text messages from a number I didn’t recognize; and what’s worse is that I, or what appeared to be me, had responded.

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

99xxxxxxx[3:41am]: hey where r u

Self[3:42am]: On my way

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

99xxxxxxx[3:44am]: Hurry im fuckin freezing

Self[3:45am]: It’s not that cold, you pansy

99xxxxxxx[3:47am]: easy for u to say in ur nice warm car. just fuckin hurry theres a car parked here and i think i saw someone inside of it

Self[3:47am]: Do you hear the Twilight Zone theme? You should probably run.

99xxxxxxx[3:49am]: fuck u just hurry!

Self[3:49am]: You should probably run

99xxxxxxx[3:50am]: what? ur not funny

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

99xxxxxxx[3:51am]: holy shit theres def someone in there

99xxxxxxx[3:51am]: where r u pls hurry pls im freakin out

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

990-xxx-xxxx[3:51am]: WHERE R U ANSWER NOW

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

99xxxxxxx[3:53am]: i can hear someone talking but i cant see them its too dark. im gonna walk down Major pls come get me pls I dont feel safe

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

Self[3:55am]: You should probably run

99xxxxxxx[3:55am]: FUCK U ALLISON FUCK OFF

Self[3:55am]: You should probably run

Self[3:55am]: You should probably run

Self[3:56am]: You should probably run

Self[3:56am]: You should probably run

Self[3:56am]: You should probably run

Self[3:56am]: You should probably run

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

99xxxxxxx[3:59am]: LEAVE ME ALONE I KNOW ITS U I SAW YOU

Self[4:00am]: Keep running little piggy. Oink oink oink

99xxxxxxx[4:01am]: i called the cops. fuck you.

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

Missed call from 99xxxxxxx

99xxxxxxx[4:02am]: i called the cops. fuck you.

99xxxxxxx[4:03am]: i know ur hiding ur fuckin scared now huh?

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