Bought Stolen iPhone from eBay Help??

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  1. GreenApple29, Jul 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hello there
    I don’t know if this will sound to you inreresting but i thought i should write to tyoy informing of a case that involves my iphone4
    Last year on August i got my iphone4 through ebay from a good rated seller factory sealed and was using it here in Greece without any problem. I paid through paypal by the way
    After almost a year a strange thing happened. I thought i should extend my iPhones warranty so i went to the apple website and put my serial number and my apple id so the phone was linked to my account. Late i know but better late than never
    At the end of the process i regretted and i stopped the process. After 8 hours or so i received an email from the US from a detective. Yes i know i thought yeah ok this is a spam
    This person informed me that the apple product that i have was stolen from the apple factory
    Again i thought this was a scam
    This person though informed me of the product that i owned and he even provided me with the serial number!!!!i asked him where did he find my email address and he said he got it from apple.
    The story continues of course with me trying to resolve the issue with ebay and paypal but without any success
    To be honest i was very suprised with this especially when after soo long i now know that i have a stolen product. which from my end is legally purchased from ebay through paypal

    I am not attaching the email of the detective in Colorado but if you wish i can
    if anyone has any ideas what my next steps should be please do tel!
    Thank you for your time
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    i dont seem to find a telephone number for this case...
    do you have anything for this matter??
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jul 28, 2008
    What does the detective want you to do and have you done it?
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    he wants to give him rhge details of the seller that igot the iPhone of
    i informed him that ill have to speak with ebay and paypal first
    which i did
    there wasnt any solution if there could be any of course
    ebay informed me that i could have returned the phone back to them in 48 days of the auction
    but i linked the phone with my apple id just a few weeks ago just for the extension of the warranty so that was when i realised what has happened...
  6. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I'm inclined to think it's some sort of scam, depending on what the detective want you to do. Firstly, why wouldn't Apple contact you themselves and cut out the middleman, and secondly, why use a detective from Colorado. They don't manufacture anything there, nor are they based there.

    Bottom line, find out what they want and don't give out any personal details.

    EDIT: have they given you any substantial proof that they are who they say they are?
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    Irvine, CA
    yeah I agree with this
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    i just have their email with all their contact details whioch i can post here

    Detective Tony Garza
    Douglas County Sheriffs Office
    4000 Justice Way
    Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
    Office: 303-784-7840
    Fax: 303-688-4939
  9. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Not sure if this is the same person but
    I think it would be best to contact Apple directly and inform them of the emails you have received. See what they advise you to do.
  10. macrumors member


    May 4, 2009
    Thats why i hate eBay and Paypal because you have 30 days or something like that to make a inquiry and if you already leaved a positive feedback you cant do **** like i got scammed for a couple of weeks ago.

    Once i bought a Polo from ralp lauren on ebay and the seller had descriped: 100% genuine and all that stuff (seller was from UK), after i recieved it i saw it was fake and the authentic dealership in Germany also confirmed it was fake

    Paypal didnt help me, ebay didnt help me:mad:
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    Ottawa, Canada
    if you are not from the US or going to the US why should you care. They are not going to issue an international warrant for your arrest for a stolen iphone.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    Ottawa, Canada
    If you like you can google douglas county sherrifs office directly and find the number.. and call them and see if there is such a person.. I think it is all ********.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Lol, I didn't even think about that. Ignore them OP.
  14. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    Carl Garza <>
    This is the email address
  15. macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    Ottawa, Canada
    confirmed bull, cmon man cant you sniff out rubbish on your own, I fear for you.. one day you are gonna get conned bad....

    somewhere your info is being leaked... either the seller or somewhere, I would take extreme precautions. check your comp, reformat it, change your passwords for all your iphone related stuff. ebay/paypal... but not after ur sure ur comp doesnt have a some kind of bug...

    No government organizations use .net accounts. Someone can tell me if I am wrong but...this is from personal experience.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2011
    Ok, apperantly the first time I was transfered to the wrong Douglas County SO :eek:

    I rechecked, and verified his status. He is a detective for DCSO. I would just call him and see what info he is looking for.
  17. macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
  18. macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    They wouldn't email you either....when you call there gonna have this look on their face :confused:
  19. macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2011
    scam totally
  20. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    first of all
    i wrote my story for anyone to see and to actually find out if there is anyone elseout there with a similarcase
    i would appreciate if you stop being offendive
    if ill be scammed in the future or in one day as u say...time will tell..dont say big words for yourself either
    the only reason that i thought this wasnt a scam was that it had my serial number which noone had a apart from apple

    i suppose you are much much smarter than me so sorry for writting down my story
  21. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    He just wants to know who you got it from?

    Tell him !

    Who gives a crap?

    Just don't give him any info about you.

    If its a scam, I'm willing to bet this Fake detective's real identity is actually the guy who sold you the iPhone to begin with.:rolleyes:

    Could be either, just be smart about it
  22. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    ill definately speak with apple
    after my firsts posts i saw some cheecky posts from some members...
    im thinking how serious they wopuld have dealt with this if it was on their phones
    cos judging from the repplies...noone knows if this is a scam on no!
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    All this over email?

    Yeah, scam. Live free, bro.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    can't apple deactivate/brick the device if it was stolen from their factory?

    it seems like a scam, but i'm interested to see it play out and see exactly what this guy wants from you...
  25. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    thats something that i thought as well
    ill definately call apple and find out
    i just dont seem to find the right depeartment and phone number for apple :(

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