Buying a new sealed iPhone 6 from unknown person

A1eX72

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Hello everyone!
While I was searching some local sites to buy used iPhone 6/6 plus, i found an advertisement:
An unknown person selling new sealed iPhone 6 / 6 plus a lot cheaper that it costs in the local store in my country. (more than $150 difference). He told me that the deal will be like this: You are ordering phone, after that the courier will arrive with your phone. You can check anything you want: iCloud, carrier lock etc
If it is ok, and you are satisfied, you can buy it via bank transfer. Also he told me that it is official phones which was bought directly from factory.
I'm really afraid about this phones. I don't believe him cause i don't understand how an unknown person like him can buy lots of new iphones directly from the factory and bring them to the country without any police and other attention. Is it stolen phones? Should I buy it?
Please help me and sorry for bad english.
 

Newtons Apple

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you'll get a stolen phone or a phone thats under a contract, you'll pay him, and then it will be blacklisted soon after and you'll have a brick
As he is trusting the seller by sending money through bank wire, I do not think he needs to worry about it being under contract as he will get nothing for his money. It is just another outright scam. Instead of them using the "Western Union" words, it is just a bank draft!

Most likely he will get NOTHING.
 

maflynn

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Bank transfer? a price that sounds too good to be true?

your gut is correct, this isn't kosher. I'd not take a chance.
 
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lakaiordie

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As he is trusting the seller by sending money through bank wire, I do not think he needs to worry about it being under contract as he will get nothing for his money. It is just another outright scam. Instead of them using the "Western Union" words, it is just a bank draft!

Most likely he will get NOTHING.
well he said "a courier will deliver your phone and if you're satisfied then pay with a wire transfer". anyone who uses the term courier and someone else will bring it is definitely a scam.
 

firedept

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Stay away. My father use to have a saying for this kind of deal, " A fool and his money are soon parted". This deal is way to good to be true. It is possible that they are counterfeit phones.
 

C DM

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I wouldn't buy a "brand new sealed" iPhone without being allowed to open the box to make sure there is an iPhone in the box.
Apparently all that is allowed based on what the OP mentioned, down to even using the phone to make sure there's no Activation Lock and that it's working correctly.
 

ATS

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I concur with the others on this thread. If you have even the slightest doubt of suspicion then simply follow your instincts and save your hard-earned money; you'll be glad you did.
 
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C DM

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I guess the curious part of it all is what's likely the scam here--basically what are these phones and/or where do they come from, assuming there are many that the seller actually has and sells (or attempts to at least) that way.
 

ET iPhone Home

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Hello everyone!
While I was searching some local sites to buy used iPhone 6/6 plus, i found an advertisement:
An unknown person selling new sealed iPhone 6 / 6 plus a lot cheaper that it costs in the local store in my country. (more than $150 difference). He told me that the deal will be like this: You are ordering phone, after that the courier will arrive with your phone. You can check anything you want: iCloud, carrier lock etc
If it is ok, and you are satisfied, you can buy it via bank transfer. Also he told me that it is official phones which was bought directly from factory.
I'm really afraid about this phones. I don't believe him cause i don't understand how an unknown person like him can buy lots of new iphones directly from the factory and bring them to the country without any police and other attention. Is it stolen phones? Should I buy it?
Please help me and sorry for bad english.
Uh duh… follow your instincts. Your instincts is already questioning his integrity. And you clearly stated, "I don't believe him."
 
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