Any credit to iCloud-Locked iphones being unlocked $$$ ???

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones and Media Players' started by karloz25, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. karloz25
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    karloz25 GBAtemp Fan

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    Is it actually possible to unlock a iphone that has icloud-locked by paying money online to these sites that claim that in 72 hours they can release the lock?
     
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    wormdood pirate booty inspector

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    behind a parental advisory sticker
    i want to know as well but on this site (and most others) any and everyone will assume the phone is stolen (despite any story) and refuse to help
     
  3. karloz25
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    i figured id get a straight answer from my "friends" here on this site that I have been a part of for over 7 years..... :)
     
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    Majority would be. Either directly stolen or purchased online from someone who stole it.
    If someone legitimately purchased it and accidentally iCloud locked it, they would best off taking it to Apple with proof of purchase/ownership and see what they can do.
     
  5. Zero72463

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    I hear Apple refuses to remove activation lock regardless of your situation.
     
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    WiiU Lurking in the Shadows

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    Interesting, I've also heard them unlock after purchasing a locked one online. I guess you'd be best off contacting them to see what they can do.
     
  7. karloz25
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    are the online sites legit?
     
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    I actually have no idea. I would think not because they would need to have access to Apple's iCloud lock database.
     
  9. willamssea

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    Not possible. The sites are scammers
     
  10. Yepi69

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    If its in lost/stolen mode and it shows the first character of the email address, the possibility is about 50-50.

    What these services do is spam send email to ANY email that starts with the character; e.g if your email address is testemail@gmail.com it will show as t********@*****.***
    They will use some sort of brute force tool to send fake ''Apple found your stolen/lost iPhone'' mail which will require you to login, if the person falls for it, whoever launched that tool will now have the email address and password, giving them to you for even a more expensive price (you pay twice actually, its usually 20 bucks for the first step which can't be refunded and the second step which is about 70 or even 100 bucks)

    There's no guarantee tho, like I said 50-50% chance.

    EDIT: My iCloud email starts with b and I have received these spam ''activation'' emails before, needless to say since that I don't have any iPhones that got stolen or lost I did not fall for this scam.

    They do, provided that you give them the original receipt of the phone.
     
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  11. LineoftheDead

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    nah its not legit, they just use methods you could do yourself. take unlocking iphones through AT&T for example, its as simple as paying for the phone, then filling out an online form (and connecting phone to itunes). you will find lots of sellers offering this same service.

    Your options (assuming its not your phone/acquired from someone else and you stumbled across lock when resetting data)
    1. Walk the person through accessing their iCloud account (and you will need password) and follow on screen instructions from phone
    2. If you have access to a machine that took backups locally via iTunes (User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ ||||| ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/), you can easily nab most passwords and try them (with software ofc)
    3. Pull the NAND and remove the lock manually

    Personal experience for me at least.... I'm a hot ticket for dead people apparently