10 most popular ways of cheating when selling iPhone

iPhone - one of the most popular smartphones in the secondary market. Particularly intensified sales in anticipation of the release of a new generation of apple devices - all are actively trying to sell with hands losing or have lost their actual devices in order to quickly acquire a novelty. This time is a great way to buy a good smartphone for those who are not chasing the latest versions, objectively evaluating things.

Here you should be extremely careful not to run into an unscrupulous swindler. Below we consider the most popular ways of cheating when selling the iPhone , knowing about which, you can buy an iPhone from your hands, reducing the risks of being deceived.


  • 10. Prepaid
  • 9. Recovered iPhone under the guise of the new
  • 8. Chinese iPhone
  • 7. Defective iPhone
  • 6. Charged for the operator of the iPhone
  • 5. Robbery of the buyer
  • 4. Locking the sold iPhone via Apple ID
  • 3. LayoutiPhone
  • 2. Defective iPhone
  • 1. Changing the iPhone in the process of selling
    • 10 tips on how to buy iPnone from your hands and not be deceived

10. Prepayment

This variant of fraud is popular not only when selling iPhone, but also other mobile devices.

Of course, here there is a classic "divorce" with a prepayment and further breakage of all contacts, but modern youth to buy for this has become much more difficult. Scammers now go more sophisticated ways, offering you courier delivery directly to the house with payment of the goods only after receipt and inspection. But then they begin to talk about attempts of fraud, robbery of couriers and other, offering to pay with the protection code to the personal account, and the code of patronage - to hand over to the courier after receiving the mobile device.

In fact, you just send money to someone else's card or mobile number, which will be issued under the guise of a contract number, and you will not see any courier.

9. Recovered iPhone under the guise of the new

For many buyers, the iPhone is a mystery, which means the letters "ref" on the box with the devices. Ref or refurbished is a device reconstructed in the factory, in which some manufacturing defects were found, which was broken, drowned, or for other reasons lost its efficiency. Abroad such devices are really completely repaired, tested, cleaned and sold anew at a slightly reduced price.

In our country, under the guise of "ref", we can sell iPhones with low-grade Chinese spare parts, poor-quality replaced screens, etc. After such an artisanal repair, they will last a maximum of several months, after which the new owner will face a number of problems. So do not be tempted to persuade, especially private traders, who talk about a brand-new iPhone at such a pleasant price.

8. Chinese iPhone

The times when the Chinese analogues of the iPhone were released with hieroglyphics on the menu and with a TV antenna have long been in the past. Today, to identify the original aphion before you or the Chinese, can be very difficult even after careful consideration.

Therefore, it is not necessary to lead on persuasive stories about the fact that a man was suddenly given two identical phones, he has urgent problems with money and even checks from Svyaznoy or Evroset. All this is very easy to counterfeit, in order to sell the cheap thing under the guise of the original device.

7. Defective iPhone

A device that looks new, but is faulty, pasted with films, packaged in a box and sold under the guise of a new one at a reduced price. There are always a lot of interested people.

6. Locked for the operator of the iPhone

The devices blocked for work with a specific US operator are sold there for about $ 200.Replacing the label on the box and sealing the device back into the film, it can be sold for about 20 thousand rubles.

5. Robbery of the buyer

Of course, everyone will now think that no one will come to buy into such a stupid divorce. The iPhone is sold at a very good price, but of course they can meet only in some remote area at a late hour, because they are busy at work and all that. In practice, the victim is simply lured into a dingy place with a lot of money to themselves.

4. Locking the sold iPhone via Apple ID

Thanks to the fact that iOS 7 has functionality to remotely lock the device in case of loss or theft, this option has become one of the most common ways of cheating when selling the iPhone.

Just a day after the transaction the buyer receives a blocked device with an approximate message "This device was stolen, I know your location. Bring the phone back or I'll take the statement to the police. "Of course, most people prefer not to contact the authorities and return the phone, after which the circuit can be repeated indefinitely.

3. Layout iPhone

Under the guise of the original iPhone can sell models that are used for installation in shop windows. Like boxes, films and other necessary consumables, they can be easily bought for a song in unlimited quantities.

2. Defective iPhone

Having found out on Yandex. Market or Avito a solid store with good reviews, which on the iPhone has a discount price, you can, without delving into the details, place an order.

The courier will be hurrying and fussing, quickly talking about all the conditions. Already after his departure, you will find the inoperability of the iPhone, after which it will be inconclusive to find out the relationship with the fraudster.

1. Changing the iPhone in the process of selling

The sleight of hand of some scammers is colossal. Right at the meeting, you will be shown the original device, and then, in the process of packaging and payment, accurately substitutes it with a mock-up or forgery.

10 tips on how to buy iPnone from your hands and not be deceived

  1. Check the completeness and originality of accessories
  2. Make sure the device is not attached to AppleID
  3. Require full reset and AppleID
  4. Inspect the device for signs of opening and repair
  5. Check the serial number on the box, in the device menu, imei on apple.com website
  6. Inspect the packaging for fuzzy prints and other forgery marks.
  7. Never make an advance payment
  8. Do not go to a meeting alone and if possible do not take cash
  9. Set your own sim card to make sure it works.
  10. Try to call a friend and receive an incoming call.

We hope that our material will help you to be aware of the most common methods of fraud and deception when selling used iPhone from your hands or on an ad on Avito and will warn you from mistakes when buying.