Skeptical about selling a Reformatted 3GS to a eBayer

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by CPA, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. CPA macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    Hi all,

    Upgraded the iPhone and recently sold the 3GS on eBay. The strange thing is that the eBay buyer had bought over 100+ iPhone 3GS and 3G according to his feedback and continues to buy.

    First thought that came to mind was that he "unlocks" the iPhone and resells it.
    But no, he only buys jailbroken/unlocked/refurbished iPhones at the average going price and don't resell.

    So I am a bit concerned. Is this guy "data-mining" all the previously owned iPhone for fraudulent activities?

    I'll be formatting the 3GS via the General settings but not confident if it will permanently delete all the personal information.

    Your thoughts are appreciated.
  2. FrancoisC macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2009
    Montreal, Qc
    Maybe he resells elsewhere... Worst case, ask him or don't sell to him
  3. FiXPOD macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    If you restore using DFU mode all the data on the phone will be gone. Unlike a hard drive, flash memory doesn't hold data after it has been erased.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Stop beeing paranoid.
    Who knows and who cares what he does with the iphones he buys.
    As long as you restore and setup as new you are good to go.
  5. advocate macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2004
    Don't make stuff up.

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