Why Activation Lock is no longer checkable via iCloud
Dave Mark, writing for The Loop, on the removal of Apple's online iCloud Activation Lock tool:
My guess is it'll get replaced with a more secure system, though I'm not sure how such a system could be made available to the general public the way the iCloud tool was without suffering from the same abuse.
In the meantime, if you're in the process of buying an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, make sure you verify they've removed Activation Lock in person before completing your transaction or stick to buying from a reputable service with a return policy in case of errors.
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Chat: What is the email address?
Thief: I forgot that too
Chat: Do you have a receipt?
Thief: disconnects Second same as first Third:
Thief: I need it unlocked because the original owner died
Chat: Do you have a death certificate?
Thief: No <disconnect> Fourth:
Thief: I *need* this iPad unlocked
Chat: You must either know the email+questions, or have a receipt
Thief: My house burned down, I forgot all of that
Chat: No other way
Thief: <disconnect> Thing is, I saw his address from the system we used. I *knew* where he lived. I wouldn't tell her for safety (her life is worth way more than an iPad), but I couldn't notify the police near him, nor the police she called. I just had to tell her "Tell your local police to try calling in with their special number, they may be able to subpoena us". So, yes, I am jaded, but in 4.5 years there, I hadn't had one call about this that sounded legit.