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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 11, 2013

Earlier I took out my iPhone (3G - sold my 5 recently to be ready for the 5S), and while just browsing it suddenly shutdown, and restarted, at the very beginning - new phone setup screen. All data erased.

Later I checked my email on my PC, and had received an email from Find My iPhone telling me the data is being erased. I never requested that, and to make it more weird, it says that the erasing started December 25th 2012... 9 months ago?!

Is this a bug? A hack?

It's not jailbroken - to get that out the way.

In addition, after switching to the 3G recently, I did an iCloud backup of all data on my 5. Well that data does not exist on the iCloud...

What is going on?:confused::(


macrumors 68000
Mar 6, 2009
Atlanta, GA USA
Before selling your phone, did you:

1. Sign out of iMessage & iCloud?

2. Wipe your phone back to factory settings?

3. Remove your old SIM?

4. Disassociate the phone from your account?
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