Someone Stole My Laptop v. What to do.

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  1. Tonster MBA

    Tonster MBA OT'r of the Year 2013 OT Supporter

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    First off Sorry for invading you sub-forum begging for help, when I never post here.


    But Yesterday someone stole my Mac Book Pro. Right from underneath me. I was wondering if there is any way I can track It down. I have the serial number for it - All of my facebook and email accounts were on auto load so they didn't require a password. Is there any way I can contact like facebook and see if it has been logged on in the past 24 hours from a different I.P and what not. I have filed a police report.. what should i do
     
  2. dissonance

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    First off change your passwords. If you had any financial information on there, contact the institutions and let them know (ie: credit card numbers on a bill or etc., have them froze and get new numbers).

    As far as tracking it down, I don't know if there is anything you can do (don't know if Apple puts in tracking capabilities or not) other than watch craigslist/eBay/etc.
     
  3. P07r0457

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    report it stolen to police.

    report your financial info stolen.

    change all passwords for all your inet-based accts.

    If you have homeowners insurance you can try filing a claim with them (policy dependent) you may be entited to re-imbursement for the laptop or a portion thereof.

    LEOs CAN choose to subpoena organizations such as facebook, but they rarely do. Your department may have an internet-fraud divison or a detective assigned to those tasks that MAY help you. You'll have to ask.

    Apple has no hardware tracking outside of warranty claims -- which people arn't going to do. Although you should still report it stolen to them.
     
  4. Tonster MBA

    Tonster MBA OT'r of the Year 2013 OT Supporter

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    What are LEO's?


    I have been watching craigslist and ebay... i put out an ad saying i wanted to buy one and with in 10 hours i got about 8 SCam mail. do you accept check? Can i wire the money?
     
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    LEO = Law Enforcement Officer
     
  6. Tonster MBA

    Tonster MBA OT'r of the Year 2013 OT Supporter

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  7. Doomsday

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    fuckin thieves :mad:
     
  8. Sexual Vanilla

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    Should've gotten a Dell. You'd still have your laptop. :mamoru:
     
  9. P07r0457

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    ah, the benefit of owning something shitty. :rofl:


    seriously tho, they'd still jack it. They'll just sell it to some unsuspecting dumbass like the one that bought a dell in teh first place, lulz.
     
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    Damn, where were you when it was stolen? I remember you fr the photog thread saying you were at ASU. Dorms or what?
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If you're at a university, you could pepper a wide area with fliers mentioning the theft, and asking for people to report anyone who suddenly showed up with a Mac Book Pro.
    If you do decide to try that, you need to act as soon as possible.
     
  12. telc

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    I wrote a service that run and does a single http request to a my server every X minutes if the laptop is attached to a IP other than a list of know IPs. I can then check the server log for the IP address. Its better than nothing.

    My friend was able to retrieve a laptop because he got the IP, he has his AIM set to auto logon and when he saw his name popup online, he sent a link like "hey checkout the pictures from the party last night and gave a URL to his server. Then he check the httpd log for the ip and hostname. and was able to track it down to a dorm and room because of the hostname"
     
  13. aim2kill

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    damn slick thinking...
     
  14. P07r0457

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    until they reformat :mamoru:
     
  15. Sexual Vanilla

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    Which would most likely be the first thing they did since some people password protect their Windows accounts.
     
  16. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    I have my laptop encrypted with truecrypt and BIOS password protected, neither are bullet proof, but if it is stolen, it is useless.
     
  17. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    or they can just erase the login password and go crazy.

    But having a power on password (like me) does deter it a bit.
     
  18. crontab

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    We usually find stolen lappys by their mac address. if they've registered their machine to our network, we can track down where the person connected wired or wirelessly by ap location. if the person starts using it on our network, the guys will find it. its the ones that take the item and disappear.
     
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    stupidest thing, ever. Because they're not going to return the notebook to you just because they can't use it. Either way you're out a notebook.
     
  20. aim2kill

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    true, i just want to be an asshole if they are going to steal it. i have a bios pw on mine, so if they get it, it is nothing more than parts to them. if they are going to scum out and steal, im pulling my only string for a late round kick to the nuts.
     
  21. telc

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    Some of the laptap lojack type programs are good if you get it installed when you order your laptop it is installed hidden in the bios. Even if they reinstall windows or reformat it will reinstall the tracking client. 99% of people would not even know its installed or how to defeat it. A reflash of the bios with still not overwrite it if you get it installed when you purchase the laptop new.
     

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