Of course, Internet goblins took the story at face value, and the video garnered more than 400,000 views in just four days. Some outlets even described the video as "SHOCKING" and "TERRIFYING" in an effort to get you to upload in your pants.
Here's the thing: this trick is fake.
If you go through this whole process on your own iPhone with a Touch ID, you're using YOUR finger on YOUR Touch ID. That will unlock the phone. That's how the Touch ID works. The narrator leaves out that minor detail.
The video ends up being so believable because you can get all the way to step five on someone else's iPhone, but when you click "Buy More Tones," the security lock kicks in, and you can go no further. Thankfully.
We gave it a test run, just to be sure. I unlocked my iPhone following these steps. But a co-worker's journey ended at "Buy More Tones."
Rest easy, iPhone users. Nobody can access your stuff, willy-nilly. At some point there will probably be a true workaround. In the meantime: if you see this video on a friend's Facebook page, please explain it is fake. You'll be doing the world a favor.
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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He longs for the days of texting via T9 word. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.