Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. How to Check if a MacBook or MacBook Pro is Stolen There are a few ways you can attempt to figure out if a MacBook is stolen or just a really good deal. All product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners. Apple disabled Activation Lock for affected users upon being provided proof of purchase, but it is unclear if the strange issue factored into the page's removal. Just type your Apple device Serial Number and you will get information about model. The con's outweigh the pro's on this occasion. If a thief did, in fact, steal your MacBook, that carefully crafted screen message will hopefully provide him or her with some comfort and encouragement to return it to its rightful owner.
But as , hackers figured out a method months ago to get past the activation lock screen just enough to make a device seem legit until you try to, say, make a phone call with it. In most cases, the thief likely sold it to an unsuspecting buyer. This was somewhat annoying to say the least. Just because the serial number is not entered as stolen does not mean it is not stolen. So if we're talking about a bad thief who doesn't know how to reset the device one trick would be to tell the person in question to log into a password protected account. Just simply follow the checklist below.
Why the heck does Apple keep removing helpful features? You contribute nothing, except spewing the same loud-mouthed talking points and the same old, tired strawman arguments as you take awkward, clumsy, impotent swings in the air, throwing your tantrum at Apple, Cook, Trump, or whoever mildly annoys you today. However, there is no way to know if the serial number is currently locked or not. Please do all of us a favor and have the discipline to read a couple pages of a thread before you assume you're just smarter than everyone else and waste our time by blasting out whatever special, off-topic thoughts happen to enter your head. If you have a tech question, please check out! By this time, it was no longer connected to the internet and no location could be identified. No reason I mentioned above would have a receipt.
All Apple products like iPad, iPod, iPhone, iWatch and Mac computers are supported. Because of this, the officer told me he or she would not likely want to get in trouble with the law over stolen property. Now, I am worried if it might have been stolen and the poor owner might be at loss. Once the system detects what type of Apple device you have, it will add it to your device list below and give detailed specs as well as links to order specific parts for your particular device. There are quite a number of variables.
Maybe it was a legit purchase or maybe he bought it for way cheap and doesnt want to share the receipt. I decided to try out what Apple support can do about stolen MacBook. Addressing as many as possible in advance is ones best approach. Keep in mind that the new owner of your MacBook may not necessarily be the thief. If the system is not able to detect your model, please submit any information you have on it, and we'll add it to our database. Apple has just that exists solely to verify whether or not a used iPhone has been locked down remotely by its rightful owner. Apple repair centre email: stolen MacBook brought for repair Just when I was about to give up hope of ever getting my MacBook back, I received a sign of sorts.
If not, I will choose to believe that this was a legit purchase. Check out or ask in our dedicated sister sub! I'm following our workplace procedures and my local laws. Instead, I was told that I would have to either go through Apple or the local police—which is exactly what I did. If the device was still locked, or if the seller refused to provide the serial number, then it was likely lost or stolen. Self-promotion is allowed on Saturdays only. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the.
Hopefully, the tool will prevent buyers from purchasing used iPhones that were stolen from their rightful owners, and make it harder for thieves to sell them. This subreddit is not endorsed or sponsored by Apple Inc. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. After telling the police officer my decision to wait, he moved forward with reaching out to the suspect. Is there either some way online or via the Apple Store that lost and stolen Macs are tracked? You can check the current Activation Lock status of a device when you visit icloud. I work in a backpacker hostel where people from around the world leave behind an amazing amount of stuff, not all of which is junk.
Thanks to , , , and the Police. Because I got my MacBook Pro back. I hope that you find them helpful. Use of these names, logos, and brands does not imply endorsement. Rather than demand that the thief be charged with a crime, I decided to wait and give him a chance to return it without facing consequences. Its advanced security features protect your Mac from phishing scams, malware, spyware, adware, and viruses. After a few days, it was clear that my stolen MacBook would not be recovered.
No banks are open after 5-6pm. They wouldn't just take it down for no reason. An individual purchasing a used iPhone on eBay or another website, for example, was able to request the device's serial number and use Apple's tool to verify that Activation Lock had been turned off. Any resistance to sharing the number might be an indication that the phone was either lost or stolen. Welcome to , the unofficial community for Apple news, rumors, and discussions. After running a background check, the suspect apparently had a criminal record.
Unfortunately, despite what I was told, this never happened. We may, but have no obligation to, monitor the information being submitted. W88010010P0 in the box above. But they won't know if that serial is locked or not until they solder the flash chip back into the device, power it up, and attempt activation. Unfortunately, I too first thought the same when I read this article. See also the for more information. I am a technical computer person but I'm not a Mac person, it doesn't turn on, and there's no power cable.