How Scammers Are Tricking People Into Unlocking Stolen iPhones
Wondering where your stolen or lost iPhone went? Thanks to Activation Lock and Find My iPhone, Apple locks your devices to your Apple ID. This forces thieves to turn to increasingly inventive ways of making the device usable (and saleable) again.
Scammers Want You to Remove Activation Lock
It’s not enough to simply erase an iPhone, since Activation Lock persists even if the device undergoes a complete software reset. To activate the device after a software reset, the linked Apple ID password must be entered. Failing this, the rightful owner can remove the device from their account using “Erase iPhone” followed by “Remove from Account” with the Find My iPhone feature on iCloud.com.
Removing the iPhone from “Find My” makes it possible for the device to be activated again, using a different Apple ID. A device that isn’t locked to an Apple ID has far more worth than one that is, so if the rightful owner can be convinced to remove Activation Lock then the thieves stand to gain.
Tracking down the rightful owner of a lost or stolen iPhone isn’t hard…
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