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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Someone sold me a stolen Sprint iPhone

how can i file a complaint to get my money back
got it off craigslist
sold my 2011 air for 300$ cash +iphone 5

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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how can i file a complaint to get my money back
How did you buy it? If you bought it off eBay you can leave him bad feedback and probably get your money back from paypal. If you bought it off CraigsList you are screwed.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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how can i file a complaint to get my money back
Did you buy it on eBay? Some details would be helpful.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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got it off craigslist
traded for my 2011 macbook air for iphone 5 +300 cash
You are screwed.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:37 PM   #5
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You are screwed.
can i file a police complaint
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:40 PM   #6
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You can they probably won't care at all though.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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Is it bad esn or just stolen? If its bad ESN I've heard you can pay off the overdue bill of the previous owners account and they will clean the slate for phone. Make sure this is true first before throwing down money and not getting a clean bill but instead just paying the guys bill. Goodluck!
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 08:37 PM   #8
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This is where eBay is advantageous when it comes to buying.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 08:49 PM   #9
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how can i file a complaint to get my money back
got it off craigslist
sold my 2011 air for 300$ cash +iphone 5
Here is What you could do. If there is anything wrong with the phone at all like camera blurry or bad battery life or like a bad pixel (you can check by saving a black picture on your phone turing the brightness up all the way and go to that black picture) you can trade it in and they will give you another iPhone 5 from white box and it will have a clean esn.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 08:58 PM   #10
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Here is What you could do. If there is anything wrong with the phone at all like camera blurry or bad battery life or like a bad pixel (you can check by saving a black picture on your phone turing the brightness up all the way and go to that black picture) you can trade it in and they will give you another iPhone 5 from white box and it will have a clean esn.
And Apple isn't going to noticed that it is not activated?
There is no way that this would ever work.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:03 PM   #11
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Here is What you could do. If there is anything wrong with the phone at all like camera blurry or bad battery life or like a bad pixel (you can check by saving a black picture on your phone turing the brightness up all the way and go to that black picture) you can trade it in and they will give you another iPhone 5 from white box and it will have a clean esn.
Well, this is near the top as one of the dumbest suggestions ever made on this forum.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:07 PM   #12
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Well, this is near the top as one of the dumbest suggestions ever made on this forum.
what are the others
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:20 PM   #13
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http://forums.macrumors.com/search.p...rchid=31541593
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 01:32 PM   #14
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doesn't work
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:08 PM   #15
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I think I said this one time this week already but.. this is why I activate phones on the spot.

Ouch.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:15 PM   #16
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Well, this is near the top as one of the dumbest suggestions ever made on this forum.
Oh Yeah? You have a better Suggestion? you can take the screen off unplug the connectors and put it back together and say the screen went black and cant get it to turn on worked for me... Just when you go to apple make sure there isn't a sim in the sim tray

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And Apple isn't going to noticed that it is not activated?
There is no way that this would ever work.
He never said that it wasn't activated so it probably already is activated.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:28 PM   #17
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Here is What you could do. If there is anything wrong with the phone at all like camera blurry or bad battery life or like a bad pixel (you can check by saving a black picture on your phone turing the brightness up all the way and go to that black picture) you can trade it in and they will give you another iPhone 5 from white box and it will have a clean esn.
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Oh Yeah? You have a better Suggestion? you can take the screen off unplug the connectors and put it back together and say the screen went black and cant get it to turn on worked for me... Just when you go to apple make sure there isn't a sim in the sim tray
What's wrong with you in suggesting to commit fraud and think nothing of it?
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:46 PM   #18
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He never said that it wasn't activated so it probably already is activated.
Obviously it's not activated... Otherwise the OP would have no idea if it was stolen. It must have a bad esn, which therefore cannot be activated.

Kind of implied by the OP.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:11 PM   #19
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Oh Yeah? You have a better Suggestion? you can take the screen off unplug the connectors and put it back together and say the screen went black and cant get it to turn on worked for me... Just when you go to apple make sure there isn't a sim in the sim tray
You're an idiot for suggesting fraud. Lie to Apple to get a replacement. You accidently buy stolen. But make Apple pay for mistake. Yep, near the top as one of the dumbest suggestions.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:16 PM   #20
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You're an idiot for suggesting fraud. Lie to Apple to get a replacement. You accidently buy stolen. But make Apple pay for mistake. Yep, near the top as one of the dumbest suggestions.
It's better to make someone else pay than yourself that way you could use the money for something else...
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:26 PM   #21
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Here is What you could do. If there is anything wrong with the phone at all like camera blurry or bad battery life or like a bad pixel (you can check by saving a black picture on your phone turing the brightness up all the way and go to that black picture) you can trade it in and they will give you another iPhone 5 from white box and it will have a clean esn.
It never ceases to amaze me the despicable lack of character in some posters.

Seriously, if you put as much effort into clever ways to earn a living as you do into looking for ways to screw "the man," you'd be rich beyond your wildest dreams.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 11:15 PM   #22
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Hmm pretty much screwed since it was a Craigslist transaction.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 11:21 AM   #23
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iPhones with bad ESNs can be flashed to work on Cricket

http://www.cricketusers.com/content/...4-cricket.html (Verizon iPhone)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XpilrKzxfU (Sprint iPhone)
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:34 PM   #24
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Bummer sorry to hear about this OP. In my experience, I've activated the phone in the presence of the seller to make sure it's good to go. Hopefully Sprint will take pity on you.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:10 PM   #25
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You can sell it to someone overseas, if the price is right i might buy it
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