“I couldn’t believe it was real!” Jason Manford reveals he was ‘terrified’ after his young daughter’s phone and social media accounts were hijacked by a complete stranger
Jason Manford has revealed he was forced to call the police after his young daughter’s mobile phone was “taken over” by a stranger, leaving him “terrified”.
The comedian, 41, who keeps his family private and refrains from sharing his children’s identity on social media, says alarm bells started ringing after he received a call from his daughter’s number, only to discover he was talking to an adult man. in India.
Discussing the bizarre incident with his Instagram followers, Manford, a father of six, says it began when he received repeated text messages from his daughter asking for her phone’s password while she was obliviously sitting next to him.
He said: ‘I thought someone had somehow hacked into my daughter’s phone and was texting them trying to figure out what the hell was going on.
I couldn’t believe it was real and then they sent me actual photos of her and her friends from iCloud! Plus screenshots of her Snapchat conversations with her friends!
After receiving a call from the number, the murdered star is told that his daughter had bought the phone from an untrustworthy store that cannot be reset without the original password, prompting Manford to take action.
Concern: Jason Manford reveals he was forced to call the police after his young daughter’s mobile phone was ‘taken over’ by a stranger, leaving him ‘panicked’
There: While discussing the bizarre incident with his Instagram followers, Manford, a father of six, revealed that he managed to trace the unknown caller to Rajasthan, India.
Family: Manford ensures that his children are protected from the public eye and do not show their faces on social media
“I told him I was calling the police and he deleted everything I sent and blocked me!” He said.
However, the penny eventually drops, with Manford realizing that his daughter’s old phone was lost during a trip to Australia in 2022 and has somehow found its way into the wrong hands.
I realize that my dad took (and lost!) my daughter’s old iPhone 6 to Australia last February, it must have found its way to a phone shop in Dubai or somewhere, and it must have been obtained by this young Indian. open.
Anyway, it’s back on the internet today because my daughter noticed pictures that weren’t her appearing on her pics! Now I was able to log in, find it (somewhere near New Delhi!), erase it, remove it from iCloud, etc! “
The incident comes after Manford, who married his second wife Lucy Dyke in 2017, revealed that his beloved grandmother Leah, 99, had been hospitalized in February.
Happy Days: The comedian with his six children outside the Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair in an undated photo posted on social media
The other half: Manford and his second wife Lucy Dyke at the 2019 Olivier Awards; The couple got married in 2017
The comedian posted pictures of himself and his loved ones on the bed of the elderly lady, where he revealed that she had unfortunately stopped eating.
An emotional Manford told his followers that the family is doing their best to “stay strong” despite the upsetting situation.
Unfortunately, she is still in the hospital. Everyone does their best to get her home but she just stopped eating (even when giving her a box of her favorite chocolates for Mother’s Day!)
“I’m not sure why, she says she wants to go home, and knows eating will help with that, but for whatever reason, maybe because of dementia, she won’t eat.”
He added, ‘It’s heartbreaking if I’m being honest, especially to see my dad upset. But we keep going strong as a family, lots of laughs and we spent more time than was necessary rubbing hand cream into the hands of these 99 year olds… Thanks again for all your kindness in the messages.
Concern: The incident comes after Manford revealed that his beloved grandmother, Leah, was rushed to the hospital in February