Shocking eBay auction!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by stu.h, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. stu.h macrumors 65816

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  2. cloudyo macrumors member

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    Plus its probably stolen, since there are no accessories sold with it and the seller says its "password protected".
     
  3. stu.h thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well it's either stolen or found.

    Can't believe people are bidding on it :confused:
     
  4. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Looks like stolen. Sadly that's a a lot of money people have bid for it

    Though can one not do a factory firmware restore?
     
  5. cloudyo macrumors member

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    The activation lock should make the phone unusable even after a factory reset.
     
  6. stu.h thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Nope, will require activation with the original owners iTunes u/p, hoping they turned on 'Find my iPhone'.
     
  7. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    What's so shocking about it? A stolen item being sold?
     
  8. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Now that I like.

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    Nah, that's normal.

    The seller stating that the stolen item is password protected :)

    Not often they give you a big hint like that , mind you it's got 11 bids and it's a really high price, was going to say the seller is not the smartest cookie......but it seems the buyers might take that award...
     
  9. stu.h thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Even putting the IMEI on there publicly for Apple to tie it to the legitimate customer :eek:
     
  10. MH01 macrumors G4

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    At least he knew where to find that :)

    The really silly thing is, the phone works, and it's Password protected, so if it has a fault it would still be covered by warranty .

    Some poor apple genius somewhere is going to have it deal with the fool that buys this . Feel sorry for the bloke already......
     
  11. Mercenary macrumors 6502a

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    This phone is going to be useless to anyone who gets it. People are probably thnking they can do a restore and have a cheap phone.

    Done a quick look and its apparently carrier locked.
     
  12. stu.h thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Handling stolen goods anyone?

    Serves them right :cool:
     
  13. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    This happens all the time. Now that there is activation lock, there will be more "real" spare parts available as even a locked phone has value for its parts.

    Everyone also jumps to the "stolen goods" scenario. We DoD not know the whole story and as the seller is posting the IMEI I would say they have nothing to hide. But this is the iPhone forum . . . .:p
     
  14. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    I tried reporting this to eBay as most likely stolen but the web page didn't seem to work properly on my iPad so I gave up.
     
  15. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    I am so glad apple has this activation lock in ios7.

    Phones aren't cheap. It's a felony in the United States cause of the value of the phone.

    Nurse at work had her iPhone 5 stolen last year by kid who immediately sold it after restoring iPhone. They caught the kid on videotape taking it from Walgreens counter. And identified him on tape.

    Kid not only sold phone but spent the money on clothes he had worn and washed so it was not returnable. And kid refused to identify person he sold it to. Probably to one of his friends who took iPhone overseas cause phone was unlocked.
     
  16. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502

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    No wonder that theft is such a problem as potential thieves will see that they can still get a lot of money for phones that they can't get into.

    I hope that the high bidder is either police or someone who is planning to teach the seller a lesson by not paying up. Their English isn't that great either, it just screams 'trying to pull a fast one.' So tempted to message them to ask how they came to be in possession of the phone.
     
  17. Dambuster43 macrumors member

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    Lots of indignation....but nobody has reported the item and suggested to eBay that it me be stolen.

    Can it really be the seller is so stupid to bung a stolen iPhone on eBay, knowing it can be traced back if the police are informed...bTW..its at £450 now!
     
  18. Dascoyne macrumors 6502

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    Well, if the dumb auction winner were to report the seller he'd risk incriminating himself as a receiver of stolen goods. I'm not certain that he can credibly plead ignorance with the description being so obvious.
     
  19. Simacca macrumors 6502a

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    So a stolen iPhone 5s finally sold for £550. Lots of idiots out there. Oh dear!
     
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    Is activation lock only activated if you lock the phone via the "Find my Phone" site or is it activated simply at a restore?
     
  22. bdrake47 macrumors regular

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    Why would anyone bid the price to more than what a new phone would cost? SMH :confused:
     
  23. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    It's a part of Find My iPhone and you are prompted to turn it on during initial setup.
    From that point on it is always on unless you manually turn it off.
     
  24. syd430 Guest

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    You're assuming that both the seller and the bidders have an IQ > 50.
     
  25. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502

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    People are willing to pay more than the market rate at the moment as the gold version is in short supply. Also, the phone might be a 32GB or 64GB version. Unsure as to whether or not the bidder could find this out from an IMEI search though.
     

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