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ricb

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Aug 19, 2008
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So, my iPhone X was stolen. Security footage where I was revealed a person coming in from street, face covered and helping himself to stored items and leaving back out. The phone apparently was turned off and wan't able to be located initially, but I entered the "lost" mode and placed a message with my contact number. I got an email later in the day that was "found" in a nearby park. Of course I went to the location hoping to find it but...no luck. It never appeared again, so I re-activated an old iPhone 6 thinking I would never see it again. That was a week ago.

Today, I noticed that I had a voicemail from a number I didn't recognize and listened to it. Some guy had bought it for $125 and couldn't activate it. I immediately call him back. I negotiated a "deal" - since he'd bought it, (supposedly) "I'll bring you $60. You recover some of your money, I get my phone back." We agreed to a location, and sure enough he had it. Maybe this was a little stupid of me and my gut says this was most likely the person that stole it in the first place.

My guess? Guy realized he couldn't do anything with it so reached out - even a pawn shop wouldn't take a device that has a stolen message blaring on the screen. At the end of the day, I feel like I pretty much made an extra loan payment but I have my phone back. A small price compared to total value. It works. :)
 

haqsha23

macrumors 6502a
Oct 22, 2017
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Mississauga
that's pretty dumb of him, he could've sold it to one of those 3rd party repair shop for parts and got a few hundred dollars. Glad it worked out for you
 

Matthew.H

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Sep 16, 2015
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Norwich, UK
that's pretty dumb of him, he could've sold it to one of those 3rd party repair shop for parts and got a few hundred dollars. Glad it worked out for you
If the person who the OP gave $60 to in return for getting his phone back was genuinely an innocent 3rd party which I doubt when the guy said he paid $125 for an iPhone X, the guy would then be breaking the law if they tried to sell it on. Also any reputable store would have checks in place to make sure they didn't end up buying stolen goods from someone.
 

Jefe's MacAir

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Nov 21, 2010
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Cheaper than the insurance I pay for my phone. I think my deductible is $50 minimum.

Glad it worked out for you.

Otherwise it would have ended up a "parts phone" for some nefarious fix it shop.
 
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