The Perennial "Buying an iPhone" Question...


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 6, 2013
I know that there's the very common scam of people selling a phone and then reporting it stolen a few weeks later in order to get reimbursed by their insurance.

My question is: if I buy a phone after the seller has removed their iCloud account (obviously, first thing to check for), and I add my Apple ID + register the phone at as one of my trusted devices, does that effectively signify that the phone is rightfully mine and cannot be reported "stolen" by the previous owner?

It's really discomfiting to know that a buyer has no recourse in regards to this scam. We really should be able to at least protect ourselves once the legit barriers against theft are gone (iCloud lock, etc.)