Why I lost my phone
My iPhone was lost for months.
For years, I’d lost and stolen it to sell and buy phones, but it had always been returned to me in a discreet way.
But in March 2016, it was stolen again.
The police told me it was a scam.
I started to get worried.
My iPhone had been stolen from my home, the same way the stolen car keys and bank cards had been, in a similar way to my other personal possessions.
I contacted the police to see if they could help me.
After a month of talking to the police, I had no luck.
No case was filed against the thieves.
My phone had never been returned, either.
I called my friends and colleagues, and I found out that one of them had lost her phone as well.
She had lost it to a thief.
Her friends and relatives in the phone repair industry knew what was going on.
What they didn’t know is that my phone had been taken to a repair shop by the same person.
I’d just come back from a week-long trip to Europe, and it was the first time I’d had a phone for nearly a year.
I felt helpless.
I had a huge collection of my old phones, and the thief knew my location.
He had stolen the phone from the same shop where my friends’ phones had been lost.
My wife had lost hers too.
I thought, Why is it that even though I was able to return it to me and my wife and daughter, it wasn’t returned to us?
And then the news broke.
It was a thief who had stolen my phone again, this time to a mobile phone repair company.
He also took it to the bank and used the card to withdraw money.
The bank said the card was a fake, but I didn’t trust them.
What can I do?
I’d spent months researching and researching.
I knew that if I called the police and reported my phone theft, they’d be able to find it.
I also knew that in most countries, phone thieves are caught and punished.
The Indian Supreme Court in 2016 had upheld the Indian Supreme Board’s ban on phone theft.
If the police are unable to locate your phone and if you report the theft, you can sue them.
So how do I go about filing a case?
If you have lost your phone, the easiest way to file a case is to report it to your local police station.
If you are in the United States, call the phone-repair company directly.
You can also file a complaint with your local consumer protection agency, such as the FTC or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The phone repair business in India is still relatively new.
There are some local phone repair companies that have been around for decades.
In the US, you have to register with the phone companies first, and then get a lawyer to do your registration.
In India, the law is more relaxed.
A person can register with a phone repair service and have it registered as a repair company, but the person has to pay a fee.
If someone steals your phone or other valuable belongings, the police won’t investigate it.
You’ll just get a phone number and the repair company will contact you.
How can I report a theft?
Report the theft of your phone to the nearest police station by phone.
Call the phone number on your mobile phone and tell the person to come to you.
The person who reported the theft should then tell you that the thief is a criminal.
The officer who called the theft company should give you the phone’s serial number and explain what you can do to find the thief.
The officers may then write a report on the phone that shows where the thief went and where he went.
If they’re unable to find you, you may file a police complaint.
What happens next?
If the thief refuses to come, the person who did the theft will be arrested.
But if you file a lawsuit against the thief, you will be compensated.
The lawyer will file a report that says the thief stole your phone from a place that is illegal to buy or sell phones in India.
The amount will be deducted from your damages, and you will get the money back.
If I file a suit, will I be awarded money?
The money is paid out to the person whose phone was stolen.
The court will also make sure that the police officer who reported your theft is punished.
Who’s liable if I win?
The person or the person’s relatives.
The criminal is liable for any damages he or she has caused.
The judge may award punitive damages.
The thief will also be liable for the theft and any damage he or he has caused to your property.