Guy finds out his stolen iPhone made it to China

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dictoresno, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    This is what passes for news nowadays? People travel. Even people who steal iPhones. Or people who unknowingly by a stolen iPhone off Craigslist. I'll be impressed when a stolen iPhone makes it to the moon.
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I'm always surprised when I see these stories, because what idiot wouldn't "erase all content and settings" on a new (to them) iPhone before using it?

    The only way this can happen is if the phone has NO passcode and they start just using the phone casually without caring that it's signed into someone else's iCloud account and has someone else's contacts, texts, photos, etc. on it.
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Probably because if Find My iPhone is enabled on the phone then resetting it would require the iCloud password (and even after that there's Activation Lock that would come into play).

    The stranger thing is why the person who lost it didn't lock it or change the lock code and perhaps even completely erase it given that it seems they have Find My iPhone access to it via iCloud online.
  4. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Because the person is clueless about iCloud, and probably a lot of other things on his phone. Per the article:

    "I signed into my iCloud — who knows how the iCloud works anyway? No one knows."
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    The fact that the person signed into it and used find my iPhone to find wher it is certainly seems to be a ways from clueless.
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Someone likely told him to do that (or signed in for him) when he started seeing strange pictures on his phone and complained to people about it. Or he may have educated himself on what iCloud can do after the odd pictures from China began showing up on his phone. But his own words make pretty clear what the knowledge level is up to now.

    That, and you don't just keep a lost iPhone unlocked, un-wiped, un-located and able to access all your data for close to a year unless you're ignorant that there's a risk to doing that, and ignorant that you can do something about it. Willingly ignorant or not.
  8. Jeff R macrumors 6502

    Jeff R

    Jan 28, 2014
    You can check which devices that are linked to your iCloud account at

    I just checked mine right now just to make sure. So far, all devices are mine only.

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