1. bxnextel86's Avatar
    So I was looking on cl looking to buy a iPhone. And some guy was selling a iPhone 5 for 250 but he said he could get pass the activation screen. So I didn't think nothing of it. So I go the apple store to get a SIM card. So when I try to put my password it said wrong password. I was like what. The apple guy said to try again. And that when he ask me did I buy it second hand. In my mind I was like why it matter. I said yes and that when I saw that Apple ID in xxxxx and to please log in to that account. Is there any way to fix this. Bc if I knew it was stolen I would have never bought. And I just lost 250
    09-26-2013 09:22 PM
  2. bxnextel86's Avatar
    Also before I bought it. I called twice to apple and give them the imei number. Bc the numbers are in the back of the phone. And they said the phone is still in warranty and that I am fine in buying it.
    09-26-2013 09:26 PM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    So I was looking on cl looking to buy a iPhone. And some guy was selling a iPhone 5 for 250 but he said he could get pass the activation screen. So I didn't think nothing of it. So I go the apple store to get a SIM card. So when I try to put my password it said wrong password. I was like what. The apple guy said to try again. And that when he ask me did I buy it second hand. In my mind I was like why it matter. I said yes and that when I saw that Apple ID in xxxxx and to please log in to that account. Is there any way to fix this. Bc if I knew it was stolen I would have never bought. And I just lost 250
    Does that phone have iOS 7 on it? Sounds like the Activation Lock / lockout... which Apple implemented with iOS 7 to address the stolen iPhone thing... without the Apple ID password, there is NO WAY to use the phone. Ever. Even Apple cant/won't do it.
    09-26-2013 09:30 PM
  4. kataran's Avatar
    First you should contact the person that sold it to you they might be the real owner and didn't understand how to set up an iOS 7 phone for sale

    If it was a legal sale all he has to do is enter his Apple ID and password


    Sent from my iPhone 5
    09-26-2013 09:41 PM
  5. kataran's Avatar
    Just retread your post seems he knew first hand


    Sent from my iPhone 5
    09-26-2013 09:43 PM
  6. Fausty82's Avatar
    Just retread your post seems he knew first hand
    Sent from my iPhone 5
    Yeah, I’m going with stolen phone and scam artist.
    09-26-2013 09:49 PM
  7. bxnextel86's Avatar
    Okay I want to swappa.com and it say that the esn is clean and ready to be activation
    09-26-2013 09:49 PM
  8. Peligro911's Avatar
    Okay I want to swappa.com and it say that the esn is clean and ready to be activation
    That my friend is activation lock .. Only advise I can give you is if you can pled your case to apple or get them to swap it for some defect in the phone .. Maybe prove to them it's not stolen or something
    09-26-2013 09:56 PM
  9. bxnextel86's Avatar
    I am talking to them right. I think they may check with AT&T to see if it not stolen. I will never again buy a iPhone from cl.
    09-26-2013 10:06 PM
  10. Fausty82's Avatar
    I am talking to them right. I think they may check with AT&T to see if it not stolen. I will never again buy a iPhone from cl.
    Unfortunately for you, the Activation Lock is doing exactly what it is supposed to do - keep the non-owner out of the phone. The problem here is that you are an innocent victim. The thief was able to move the stolen phone... this story now has TWO victims.
    Last edited by Fausty82; 09-26-2013 at 10:28 PM.
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    09-26-2013 10:09 PM
  11. bxnextel86's Avatar
    Unfortunately for you, the Activation Lock is doing exactly what it is supposed to do - keep the non-owner out of the phone. The problem here is that you are an innocent victim. The thief was able to move the stolen phone... this story now has TWO victims.
    I have some good news. So last night I was on the PC for like 6 straight hours looking for answer. So like at 3 I email the guy and I played him. I made up a story and said I just came back from the police station by my house. I give them your iCloud email and phone. And if you used a third party app for your number( a lot of people use google voice etc to sell on cl) the cop can still trace the IP address. So please I just need the guy information. So give it to me and u be fine. And when I woke this morning. He blow my phone. A lot of miss calls and texts and voicemail. He was like please don't lock me up please. Come and I give u ur money back. Thank god.


    But I just learn a lesson. For the next time how do I know if the phone is good. Do I tell the seller to do a factory reset in front of me.
    09-27-2013 11:13 AM
  12. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Exactly. Make sure you see they that phone is working and then have the seller reset it in front of you.
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    09-27-2013 11:22 AM
  13. Fausty82's Avatar
    I have some good news. So last night I was on the PC for like 6 straight hours looking for answer. So like at 3 I email the guy and I played him. I made up a story and said I just came back from the police station by my house. I give them your iCloud email and phone. And if you used a third party app for your number( a lot of people use google voice etc to sell on cl) the cop can still trace the IP address. So please I just need the guy information. So give it to me and u be fine. And when I woke this morning. He blow my phone. A lot of miss calls and texts and voicemail. He was like please don't lock me up please. Come and I give u ur money back. Thank god.

    But I just learn a lesson. For the next time how do I know if the phone is good. Do I tell the seller to do a factory reset in front of me.
    Great news... and a good ending. It was a tough lesson, but glad it worked out for you!

    In the future, at the very least, yes, make sure he does a factory wipe/reset with you present so you can observe... some people prefer to meet CraigsList sellers in safe places - like a police station parking lot, or a wireless provider's store - go into the store and have them activate the phone with the seller present, before handing over the money. If he’s legit, he won’t mind. It will also verify to him that you’re legit and won’t try to pull something a day or two later...
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    09-27-2013 11:29 AM
  14. dmt316's Avatar
    Did you by chance email the Apple ID to let him know what was going on? Or did the id not show up?


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    09-27-2013 11:37 AM
  15. kataran's Avatar
    Glad it worked for you

    Hopefully this thread doesn't stop anyone from buying from CL. I've sold many phones on CL and always lend support in way of setup questions and I'm sure many folks have gotten great deals on phones.

    Just need to do your homework and ask lots of questions don't jump on a deal because you think it will be gone if you wait there will always be another


    Sent from my iPhone 5
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    09-27-2013 11:41 AM
  16. Fausty82's Avatar
    Glad it worked for you

    Hopefully this thread doesn't stop anyone from buying from CL. I've sold many phones on CL and always lend support in way of setup questions and I'm sure many folks have gotten great deals on phones.

    Just need to do your homework and ask lots of questions don't jump on a deal because you think it will be gone if you wait there will always be another

    Sent from my iPhone 5
    Yes, kataran, there is nothing inherently wrong with buying/selling on CraigsList... but it does require one to shop/sell intelligently. And ALWAYS make the exchange of goods and cash in a safe, well populated place. Someone here suggested a police station parking lot - which I think is a genius move.

    Remember the adage: a fool and his money are soon parted.
    kataran likes this.
    09-27-2013 11:50 AM
  17. jburke82's Avatar
    Glad it worked for you

    Hopefully this thread doesn't stop anyone from buying from CL. I've sold many phones on CL and always lend support in way of setup questions and I'm sure many folks have gotten great deals on phones.

    Just need to do your homework and ask lots of questions don't jump on a deal because you think it will be gone if you wait there will always be another


    Sent from my iPhone 5
    Agreed...I have used craigslist many times for buying, selling, and trading phones. It is a great community if you are careful, and as stated above the best thing is to meet at a provider's store and make sure everything is ok, legal, and looks good.

    Glad to hear you were able to get it taken care of.
    09-27-2013 11:50 AM
  18. Peligro911's Avatar
    Did you by chance email the Apple ID to let him know what was going on? Or did the id not show up?


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    You can't really because with activation lock it shows the email as
    Rxxxxxx@icould.com or whatever
    09-27-2013 11:53 AM
  19. dmt316's Avatar
    You can't really because with activation lock it shows the email as
    Rxxxxxx@icould.com or whatever
    Ok. I wasn't sure. Thx


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    09-27-2013 02:53 PM
  20. bxnextel86's Avatar
    Okay I need help. Am going to met another guy soon. He said his sprint iPhone is new. Okay. So if the ios is 6 then I am fine. But if it 7. How do I make sure it clean. Please I don't want to make the Sam mistake
    09-27-2013 05:40 PM
  21. jburke82's Avatar
    Okay I need help. Am going to met another guy soon. He said his sprint iPhone is new. Okay. So if the ios is 6 then I am fine. But if it 7. How do I make sure it clean. Please I don't want to make the Sam mistake
    Meet him at a sprint store. That would probably be the best bet. Have them check it out prior to forking over the cash.
    09-27-2013 05:44 PM
  22. kch50428's Avatar
    if it's iOS7 - make the person LOG OUT of FindMy iPhone... go into settings and log out of anything that had their AppleID in it - and go into iCloud and turn everything off - including the FindMy iPhone in the iCloud settings... and turn off iMessage.
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    09-27-2013 05:45 PM
  23. bxnextel86's Avatar
    if it's iOS7 - make the person LOG OUT of FindMy iPhone... go into settings and log out of anything that had their AppleID in it - and go into iCloud and turn everything off - including the FindMy iPhone in the iCloud settings... and turn off iMessage.
    I am sorry. But can u please say it again. I didn't get the last things.
    09-27-2013 05:47 PM
  24. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Settings, iCloud. Toggle Find My iPhone off. Then use the Delete Account button to remove his iCloud account from the phone.

    Settings, iTunes & AppStore. Log out of iTunes account.

    Then Settings, General, reset, reset all.
    bxnextel86 likes this.
    09-27-2013 07:46 PM
  25. Schufly's Avatar
    I'm sorry for your negative experience, but doesn't a 5 for $250 on CL throw up a red flag? A little too good to be true?
    Oofa likes this.
    09-27-2013 09:59 PM
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