Surely you have heard about the riots that took place in the United States in the early summer of 2020. Many people took to the streets to speak out for the rights of African Americans, but the ensuing chaos has become a good opportunity for criminals who have nothing to do with the real purpose of the protest.
Taking advantage of the situation, looters plundered many stores across America. Apple stores also suffered – many iPhones and other expensive brand products were stolen. However, the company was prepared for this turn of events, because all the stolen iPhones ended up “turned into a pumpkin.”
Information about this appeared on social networks. One Twitter user posted a photo of a “fresh” iPhone with an unusual message on the screen.
“This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted.”
“This device has been disabled and is being monitored. Local authorities (i.e. police) will be alerted.”
How the smartphone got to the author of the post, we do not know. The bottom line is that Apple blocked the device, like hundreds of other iPhones that disappeared from store shelves.
Until recently, users knew they could track their smartphone if it fell into the wrong hands. However, now everyone knows that Apple has such an opportunity: the company can remotely block gadgets and even track which stores they were stolen from. This lock is removed only at the time of purchase.
Thus, iPhones become completely useless for criminals: a locked smartphone can no longer be resold at a high price. Yes, and hacking an Apple device is not so easy.
How to check iPhone upon purchase?
If you want to buy an iPhone from your hands, be sure to check if it is blocked. Do not transfer money to the seller before checking the device and be careful if you see suspiciously low offers.
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