One of the users of the Russian-language information and entertainment social network Pikabu from the repairmen community told about the popular method of fraud on flea markets like Avito, which allows to sell the found or stolen iPhone, blocked by the previous owner.
To do this, the SIM card slot is damaged, resulting in the smartphone reaching the activation stage and can not pass through it, since it requires inserting a SIM card to activate, and the smartphone does not recognize it. As a result, when trying to verify the goods being sold, the buyer does not reach the next stage – enter the login and password in iCloud, which is actually unknown. The seller can "distract" the buyer with a statement that this with his SIM-something is wrong or simply state that the smartphone requires "inexpensive repair" and throw off the price. Of course, in the service center the connector for the SIM card can be repaired and for only a couple of thousand, that's just the problem with locking it will not solve. And the buyer gets into a situation where the login and password of the previous owner iCloud is unknown, and the seller has taken care of the loss in advance. In this regard, it is recommended that when buying an iPhone with your hands do not forget to check it for binding / locking by Apple ID and in iCloud.