Stolen verizon iPhone 5

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  1. vonWachtstain macrumors regular

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    My sister's iPhone 5 from Verizon was stolen two days ago. We already reported it to the police but I don't think they will be able to catch the thieves (not that they dont try, police officer called me twice already with updates). My question is this: we reported it stolen to Verizon. But since iPhone 5 is factory unlocked thieves will be able to use it on GSM networks. Is there a way to sim lock this phone? Can Verizon do it? I would like to know before I call them.
    Do you guys have any suggestions? I put the imei and MEID on several stolen databases.

    iPhone was on iOS6 so no go on activation lock or even find my iphone.

    Thanks
     
  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Find My iPhone was available on 6. Did she just not have it installed?
     
  3. vonWachtstain thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope. She doesn't really utilize all iOS features. Its just phone and ipod for her. Sadly I do not believe even if she had Find my Iphone would help as thieves would just restore the phone. Correct me if I'm wrong but activation lock only kicks in iOS7
     
  4. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    Not quite sure about Verizon locking the phone, since the phone is unlocked for international use out of the box. You can call and find out. Even with the IMEI in the stolen database, the phone can be used if it gets sold/moved to a country that doesn't use/follow the database.

    True, FMI can be defeated by a restore in iOS 6. However sometimes the thieves aren't that smart to restore, lol.
     
  5. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    Report it to VZW, and move along. No sense in spending a ton of time and energy on it at this point. It's gone. Just forget about it and get a new phone.
     
  6. vonWachtstain thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thieves wont be this lucky. Its not only police involved now because counterfeit cash was involved. I suspect she wont get her phone back but thieves will be caught as they stupidly met in front of store cameras.
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    If anyone gets involved, it'd be because of counterfeit cash. Police normally won't do anything about a stolen phone even if caught on camera.
     
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    Sounds like there is more to the story. Was she meeting some one to buy it?
     
  10. vonWachtstain thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes. She realized something was wrong when ATM wouldn't accept the money. All notes had the same serial number. It could have happened to anyone because the money looked so real. So be careful out there and invest in money checking pen.
     
  11. mripadmini macrumors regular

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    Don't leave your recipe from the ATM their or put it in the trash. Always take it with ya.
     
  12. vonWachtstain thread starter macrumors regular

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    What exactly doesn't add up?
     
  13. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Sorry to say but on iOS 6 a Verizon iPhone 5 can easily be taken to Tmobile or AT&T and used with no issues.
     
  14. Xenomorph macrumors 65816

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    Wow, you really provided those thieves with a valuable device! Good thing your sister didn't bother updating it or setting it up correctly. Who has time for that, anyway?

    Now they can sell it for top dollar, and the new buyer can update it to iOS 7 and permanently lock it to their account.
     
  15. vonWachtstain thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know. I will call Verizon after work to see if they have ability to lock phones or remove it from Apple white list or whatever its called. Its basically BS because she kept her phone pristine. She included all new accessories from her 5S on my recommendation because I figured phone will sell for more and she will be able to recover most of the money she spent. We live in small and nice quiet town so you wouldn't expect this sort of thing to happen.

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    Please explain how would it help her anyway? She was selling it so she would have to log out so new buyer could restore it and use it. Activation lock only works when phone is stolen or lost. In this case phone was "sold."
     
  16. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

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    Um....what is going on? You said at the beginning of the post the the phone was stolen. But then you started to talk about counterfeit money? Did you simply equate a stole phone as a phone bought with counterfeit money?

    Or did I miss something?
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    True, so it's just another Craigslist horror story if you don't take the appropriate precautions (which is more important than keeping the iPhone pristine and including all new accessories).

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    So it becomes "stolen" when the seller got counterfeit money.
     
  18. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    This. Based on what has been written, OP's sister got scammed with counterfeit money. In which case it doesn't matter if you have FMI or activation lock because you would need to undo those before you can sell the phone.
     
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  20. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    The counterfeiters probably sold the phone ASAP to get "real" cash.
     
  21. MsRandall macrumors 65816

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    Sorry that happen to your sister - I have sold alot of things on CL and the money pen has save me more than once
     
  22. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    Why wouldn't you include the fact that the phone was being sold, and ultimately bought with counterfit cash? It makes a difference when you're looking for advice on how to handle it.
     
  23. I7guy macrumors P6

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    Not really. The phone became stolen as a result if the scam. However when you report the phone stolen to verizon, you don't have to tell them you were paid on counterfeit cash. FMI, activation lock, IOS 6 have nothing to do with counterfeit cash.

    However it does matter to the police.
     
  24. 617aircav Suspended

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    Stolen verizon iPhone 5

    Seems OP sister is not even remotely tech savvy. She should be selling something on Craigslist without help. The scammers saw her as easy prey.
     
  25. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    When you're selling a phone, all of that stuff is disabled prior to the sale. If your phone is flat out stolen, FMI, passcode, etc would presumably be active.
     

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