Prevent buying a phone that is later reported stolen


macrumors regular
Original poster
Mar 13, 2008
I'm looking to buy an iPhone from a private seller.

How do I ensure (at the time of the sale) that the seller wont turn around and report the phone stolen, thereby bricking my new phone?

What measures should I take to prevent this from happening?

Appreciate the help,



macrumors newbie
Jun 7, 2015
Is he your friend or someone you trust? If he is, then do not worry about it, just buy it.
IF not

Asked the seller to restore phone settings by face

If you do not see the above information, you can enter to set --iCloud, first check whether there are bound iCloud account, then pulled the next look at the "Find My iPhone" is already open.

If you turn, the seller should be required to enter a password to close, and claims in the Settings - General - Restore - Erase all content and settings in the phone settings will be restored.

What if the seller told you forget the password, do not hesitate refuse to buy it ~


macrumors regular
Jul 16, 2012
As far as I know the only way is to transfer the accounts at a Verizon store or Sprint store. These are the only two providers that can do this.