(sigh)bought a stolen phone

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November 16, 2017 at 06:19:44
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Long story short i bought a stolen iphone.

My real question is why the person who had his phone stolen waited six months to the day before reporting it stolen??? Because the phone stopped working six months after i activated it.

Thanks for help!

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November 16, 2017 at 10:59:50
"My real question is why the person who had his phone stolen waited six months to the day before reporting it stolen???"

You honestly expect us to answer that?

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November 16, 2017 at 11:47:18
How come you are so sure the phone is stolen? That it has stopped working doesn't prove that. Perhaps you had reason to suppose when you bought it that it was not above board? Have you spoken to Apple to ask why the phone has ceased to work?

In any case, you have no idea when the rightful owner reported it stolen. And it is no concern of yours. You are not the victim here.

Your course of action is clear. You know who you bought the phone from, so you need to report them to Apple or, preferably, the police and hand the phone over so that it can be returned to its owner. If you hold on to it know you are knowingly committing a crime, however innocent you may have been up until now.

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November 21, 2017 at 18:29:11
THX1138, Yes i want an answer, i checked the imei myself before paying him, and it was clean.... They all say check the imei check the imei....i did.

IJACK I didn't talk to apple but i talked to the service provider, they confirmed that the phone has been stolen...end of story, they would not tell me more even if i asked.

So does this means that every phone they sell on kijiji are not legit?

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November 21, 2017 at 19:21:29
Ok, there is no way anyone can tell you what someone else is thinking, impossible to tell you why they waited 6 months.

Neither the police or Apple can de-activate it, the person would have to de-activate it using the find my phone software and I seriously doubt they would have waited that long. It would also have to be running on your phone, you would have seen this in the list of running programs. You said you had to activate the phone, if that's true, find my phone would not have been running and no way could someone remotely de-activate it.

If it is stolen and the carrier knows it, they possibly shut off service to the phone.

What symptoms are you experiencing, did your carrier tell you they shut off the service?

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November 21, 2017 at 19:54:22
I used the phone on a Tuesday night for 10 minutes, the next day picked up the phone to see notification, then i saw to left corner no service, called the carrier, she said the phone was deactivated, she did some reseach, went back saying the phone was reported stolen.(she check the imei)

She also said that she didn't understand why the phone wasn't verified when i called to put it on my account, six month earlier.

I didn't noticed any running program, didn't look for it, i use my phone as a phone not a computer, no game, almost no app, except for mail and things.

Thank you for your time THX1138, dunno if i can but i would like to get to the bottom of this.

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November 23, 2017 at 11:17:41
I don't think there's any way you'll get to the bottom of it. You didn't notice when you started using it that there were apps, configurations, contacts, call history, etc that indicated someone else had used it? I guess that's Rhetorical. Bottom line is, you bought a phone that was reported stolen by the owner. Simple as that.

I'm with ljack on this one. Report the seller the Police and the website from where you purchased the phone. If possible, see if you can get the phone back to the original owner (or at least return it to the provider.)

Doing the best I can here... And remember, there's always more than one path to success. :)

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November 23, 2017 at 12:08:35
Why the owner did not report the theft earlier isn't relevant. What is relevant to you is that you are in possession of stolen property. As such you are legally bound to report this to police so the phone can be returned to it's rightful owner.

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November 25, 2017 at 01:32:27
If it was insured and the loss was subject to a payout then then technically it's the property of the insurer who would I'm sure happily come to an arrangement with you to buy it for a nominal sum but while that may regulate the legal position it would not solve the problem of it being deactivated.

Hard to know why it took so long for the theft to register, I suspect it's a no win situation though or shall I say likely to cost you more in time and effort to overcome than writing it off to experience.

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November 26, 2017 at 13:53:03
Thank you everyone.

Lesson learned i won't buy form anybody again but a store.

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November 26, 2017 at 14:53:17
"Lesson learned i won't buy form anybody again but a store."

Don't be too quick to disregard other sources. Certified refurb phones are almost always safe and generally bring a better "bang-for-the-buck" than trying to buy an overpriced phone from the "official" store. My last 2 smartphones (original Droid, Galaxy S4) were way cheaper than anything I could have gotten from Verizon. Still using the S4 after 2 years with no problems. The Droid is now my "internet radio" (iHeart/Pandora/TuneIn) paired with a bluetooth speaker.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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