iPhone Repair Scam?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by WargWalker, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. WargWalker macrumors newbie

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    Am I being scammed, or am I just a dumbass?

    Sent my water damaged iphone into iFixIt, seems like a legit company.

    They email me back saying they couldn't fix it / power it on.

    They offered me $25 for it, a fair price for a dead iphone.

    But where it got fishy is they asked me to remove the phone from my iCloud account.

    Why would this matter if it's broken? How can they tell I haven't removed it from my account if it doesn't even turn on?

    Any insight would be helpful!

    Thanks : )
     
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    That's probably just the standard request for any phone they can't fix or find it's uneconomical to repair. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That's not fishy.
    If they try to use some components from the phone and repair or replace parts they don't want it iCloud locked and unusable obviously.
    Or just ask them for the device and give back the cash if you don't feel comfortable with the offer.
     
  4. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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  5. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    True. And when you trade in a device to any carrier, they also have the same requirements where iCloud has to be removed/deactivated.
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    They also have repair guides and tools for purchase. They have a lot of notoriety and they are very detailed in their tear downs.
     
  6. Thaddeuz macrumors member

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    Lol you can easly sell a dead iPhone yourself for atleast $100.
    25 is a ripoff really. I would give you 50 for it lol
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Hey I have a dead iphone 4.
    You think I can easily sell it for at least $100?
    How are you even throwing offers out on a water dead iphone without even knowing what model, what carrier its for or what kind of damage it has?
     
  8. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    You wouldn't even be able to sell a functional iPhone 4 for $100. LOL. That thing is 7 years old.
     
  9. HallStevenson macrumors 6502

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    Tell them you did ... and wait
     
  10. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    Did they give you a quote on the initial repair? I'm curious why you'd even bother trying to fix a water damaged iPhone 4.
     

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