1. iMore Question's Avatar
    My iPhone broke. I found one online that claims to have a clean IMEI #. My husband is a police officer and I can give the IMEI and serial # to him and he can run it in NCIC (national database) to verify it's not stolen.

    My question is, if I buy this phone from this person and I activate it and begin using it, can they turn around and report it stolen or lost, thus deactivating it so I've got a $350 Apple paperweight?
    10-12-2017 07:51 AM
  2. nikkimd11's Avatar
    The person selling it to you must restore the phone to factory settings thus erasing their iCloud account from the device and the ability to deactivate it through the find my phone app/website.
    10-12-2017 08:21 AM
  3. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    Yep, they can, sadly.
    10-12-2017 08:30 AM
  4. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    The person selling it to you must restore the phone to factory settings thus erasing their iCloud account from the device and the ability to deactivate it through the find my phone app/website.
    Not if they report it as lost/stolen to their carrier. They’ll blacklist the IMEI, rendering the phone unusable in OP’s country.
    10-12-2017 08:31 AM

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