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is iPhone being used?

vdawgs22

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Sep 18, 2012
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Is there a way to tell if an iPhone is being used?

I sold a phone on eBay and am currently losing a dispute from a buyer who's a con artist and has opened dispute after dispute and has not returned the phone.

Is there a way to see if he's using and has activated my phone?

Thanks in advance.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
Not really.
You can check to see if the device is tied up to an icloud account because I assume you send it to him without your icloud logged in.
https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/
Ebay is a huge scam place when it comes to iphones and Apple devices in general.
Talk to ebay and paypal dispute and if he hasn't returned it then do not give him a refund.
Next time avoid at all costs, its not worth the aggravation selling iphones on ebay.
 

timeconsumer

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Aug 1, 2008
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Not really.
You can check to see if the device is tied up to an icloud account because I assume you send it to him without your icloud logged in.
https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/
Ebay is a huge scam place when it comes to iphones and Apple devices in general.
Talk to ebay and paypal dispute and if he hasn't returned it then do not give him a refund.
Next time avoid at all costs, its not worth the aggravation selling iphones on ebay.
This is exactly why I now prefer using trade-in deals. You won't get as much money as you would from eBay, but zero aggravation. Too many scammers on eBay.
 
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Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
This is exactly why I now prefer using trade-in deals. You won't get as much money as you would from eBay, but zero aggravation. Too many scammers on eBay.

I hear you, its really not worth it.
Its not worth dealing with the stress and back and forth and then have to try to prove to Paypal and eBay that you're telling the truth and the time and effort involved.
 

macfacts

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Oct 7, 2012
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Is there a way to tell if an iPhone is being used?

I sold a phone on eBay and am currently losing a dispute from a buyer who's a con artist and has opened dispute after dispute and has not returned the phone.

Is there a way to see if he's using and has activated my phone?

Thanks in advance.

Did the buyer have a good feedback score?
 

vdawgs22

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 18, 2012
95
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they took the money out of my paypal account and he opened a dispute on ebay, i responded.. he opened a dispute on paypal i responded then he cancelled and finally he opened a paypal dispute for chargeback through his credit card.. so currently I do not have the phone back or the money and I'm trying to see the options.

Considering he is claiming the phone is not usable if I could show hes currently using it hopefully I would win the dispute and get the money back

his feedback score was okay but he only had a few reviews.... this is unfortunate as i've sold my phone this way basically every year without an issue besides the occasions who don't pay and then I have to relist
 

Applejuiced

macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
40,672
6,532
At the iPhone hacks section.
they took the money out of my paypal account and he opened a dispute on ebay, i responded.. he opened a dispute on paypal i responded then he cancelled and finally he opened a paypal dispute for chargeback through his credit card.. so currently I do not have the phone back or the money and I'm trying to see the options.

Considering he is claiming the phone is not usable if I could show hes currently using it hopefully I would win the dispute and get the money back

his feedback score was okay but he only had a few reviews.... this is unfortunate as i've sold my phone this way basically every year without an issue besides the occasions who don't pay and then I have to relist

That's the problem with paypal disputes. Even if he loses the dispute they do a dispute with their credit card and then then instead of paypal eating the loss they make you the seller eat it.
Very shady.
Take it a lesson learned, this is the normal with eBay now. Its scammers heaven.
 
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