Many iPhone users who have had their iPhone stolen are finding that the thieves or those who purchased the stolen property can actually still send text messages as the original owner of the phone. Apparently, this was first discovered in the Mac Rumors forums at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1267235
Initially, Apple made users believe that the remote wiping utility which is now on all iPhone, would resolve such issues, however, as it seems many users in the forum have discovered, the thieves will continue receiving your messages no matter what you do. In spite of this, users such as “jazmynlovesyou” on the site tracked his iPhone and had cops pick it up when it was stationary at a specific location.
Ars Technica picked up on this story when one of their reader’s house was burglerized and an iPhone unit stolen from the home. “For most users, this would be the end of the story. The phone number had been transferred to a new device and the old one had been deactivated; what more is there to say? A lot, apparently, and in the form of iMessages. The thief who stole Mrs. Hovis’ iPhone had sold the device to an unsuspecting buyer elsewhere in the state, and the buyer had begun sending and receiving iMessages from the phone as Mrs. Hovis—even though the stolen phone had apparently now been activated under a new number.” But of course that isnt the end of the story and since Apple still does not deal with these issues, users are finding that people who send messages to their friends are also sending them to the stolen units.