Bought an iPhone on Craigslist list

Atlassian atlassiaan
Dec 14, 2018 20 Comments

I bought an iPhone on Craigslist. I forgot to unlink the apple account from previous owner. Previous owner is not responding. How to deal with this situation ?

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TOP 20 Comments
  • IBM / Finance tricia
    Why tag Google in an iPhone post. Quoting what Sundar Pichai said to Steve King - "iPhone is made by a different company"
    Dec 14, 2018 2
    • CVS Health Trade
      Lol😂😂
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Apple Vhff45
      op are you Steve King’s grand daughter?!! 🤣
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Amazon rsngivs
    It's stolen. Sfyl
    Dec 14, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm
    TcTcTc

    Qualcomm

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    TcTcTcmore
    sell it on craigslist
    Dec 14, 2018 0
  • Apple vAAA81
    You can’t. Once iCloud is linked, it cannot be unlinked without the previous owners help. Factory/hard resets won’t work. If owner is MIA, chalk it up to a lesson in hard knocks.
    Dec 14, 2018 0
  • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
    Take it to the Apple store and cough up for the geniuses to hard reset it for you. Alternately contact the Apple ID email, if it’s stolen, the person may respond.
    Dec 14, 2018 6
    • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
      Op made a legit purchase. If it turns out to be hot, then wouldn’t you rather op claim innocence and come out on the right side of the equation
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Facebook public2
      Hard to prove op didn't knowingly buy a stolen device and guessing seller was smart enought to cover tracks.
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
      Craigslist can get shady. Op should use it as an expensive paper weight
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Apple Snut Ella
      Sell it on CL
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Apple / Other
      never_know

      Apple Other

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      never_knowmore
      The original owner has to sign out or provide the original proof of purchase to AppleCare. The retail store cannot unlock the phone.
      Dec 21, 2018
  • Microsoft / Mgmt @zzz
    Ofcourse it's a stolen one. Try factory reset.
    Dec 14, 2018 4
    • Atlassian atlassiaan
      OP
      It’s asking for Apple ID password for factory reset.
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Apple / Eng
      Momoneyplz

      Apple Eng

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      Momoneyplzmore
      That guarantees its stolen. If you can’t return it to the original owner then it’s literally a brick now.
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Microsoft / Mgmt @zzz
      Maybe contact fbi, they were able to break in.

      Apple is NOT (actually cannot) going to help you with this.
      Dec 14, 2018
    • Squarespace / Design
      szkL36

      Squarespace Design

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      szkL36more
      With a brick, you can at least smash windows and build buildings.
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Apple / Other mario123
    Call it a loss and move ahead, you can waste your time and do all of the above but nothing will happen.
    Dec 14, 2018 0
  • Facebook public2
    Lol
    Dec 14, 2018 0