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unreturned device by choice

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monchestrella Calculating status...
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Mar 4, 2013 1:18 PM
i lent my very first device, an iphone 3gs and the person i lent it to refuses to return it. i have been avoiding this person since last year, but am hoping he would return my device. would it be possible to advice me on what steps to take so i could at least make certain he wont be able to make good use of my iphone any longer. i have this person's cellphone number, should i secretly report this to the service provider. will my indicating the iphone's serial number be sufficient in filing a report so he cannot update or use any features on the phone anymore..
iPhone 3GS, iOS 6
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    This is not really something that anyone here can help you with.  You knowingly lent the device to someone, so I have no idea what your legal rights nor limitations are now.  You need to be talking to a lawyer or a police officer (ask them what happens if you report it stolen, for example?).

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 1:44 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    monchestrella wrote:

     

    i have been avoiding this person since last year, but am hoping he would return my device

    ???

    Have you asked him to return it?

    Maybe he cannot get in touch with you since you are avoiding him?

    Maybe he thinks you don't want it back?

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 5:05 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    Short of getting the phone back into your posession, no, there is nothing you can do to stop them from using the device.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,480 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    Contact the police.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,480 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 5:21 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    If the device was registered to you, go to http://supportprofile.apple.com and the serial number for the device should be listed. If the police agree to work with you and they take possession of the phone, they can verify the serial number matches.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,480 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 5:26 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    You're welcome.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,150 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 5:30 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    And thus bullies live happily to continue their nefarious ways.....

  • fromsouth Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 6:19 PM (in response to monchestrella)

    First of all you can do many things to render phone useless. Example contacting phone company and freezing his line.  But none of us can guarantee your safety. Nor do I get impression that you want to involve the only legal entity that suppose to protect you- police. Bearing all that in mind, I suggest "nothing" as the best course of action, unless and until you are ready...

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