@stottm - Thanks. Sure I could leave it on my account, but then when does one draw a line and move on?
Here I am exactly three weeks later, and yes, it could pop-up again some time in the future, but that’s both very unlikely now and not really my problem any more (my insurance paid out, I’m using a temporary loaner iPhone, and will buy a 12 Pro Max in a couple of weeks).
So when my 12 arrives, I’ll likely just remove it then, as it’ll have been several weeks, and long enough for me to now spend my time and energy elsewhere.
Also, given I was spear-phished via SMS, these crims likely know what they’re doing enough for me not to see it again; breaking it down for parts or selling unscrupulously to unsuspecting buyer as ‘working’ device.
On a related note, the police investigation was an omni-shambles!
Despite my best efforts, the Met police failed to collect the CCTV until day 23 after the event, and the restaurant manager failed to keep the data, as their system wiped over the the recording (he didn’t seem very interested either). Doh!
In the UK, the venue doesn’t have to give me (the victim) a copy of their CCTV, and may say ‘data protection’ law prevents them doing so (questionable, as they may/may not still do so?). Also seemingly they have no legal responsibility to keep the footage either, so if they don’t want the ‘hassle’ factor, they can just make excuses and not hand it over even to the police.
The police are, as ever everywhere, under-resourced and in high demand. So unless your crime is near the top of their agenda, they can only get around to it when they can – hence the 23-day delay in police attempting to collect the CCTV evidence.
Finally, I got a delightful email from the PC (police constable) in charge of my case, saying she was sorry but the CCTV was ‘not forthcoming’, thus due to lack of further evidence, she has had to close the case. So that’s the end of that then.