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Hi guys

Relatively new to MacBooks and have a quick question. I have been offered a Macbook pro and am keen to buy it but have concerns that it may be stolen. Its about 2 months old and the guy that is selling it to me says he owned it since new but its not registered under his apple id (The person on the phone when I called apple said the account is from Germany and I live in NZ). His iCloud account is logged in and he has been good with most other things but its bugging me that its not registered under his account. If I was to purchase it and it was stolen is there anything the owner can do if the only link they have back to it is it being registered under their apple id?
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Hi guys

Relatively new to MacBooks and have a quick question. I have been offered a Macbook pro and am keen to buy it but have concerns that it may be stolen. Its about 2 months old and the guy that is selling it to me says he owned it since new but its not registered under his apple id (The person on the phone when I called apple said the account is from Germany and I live in NZ). His iCloud account is logged in and he has been good with most other things but its bugging me that its not registered under his account. If I was to purchase it and it was stolen is there anything the owner can do if the only link they have back to it is it being registered under their apple id?

Yep, make sure you turn on find my mac. That way they/you can track it & disable it if needs be.

Also turn on FileVault so the drive is encrypted, at least that way your data is safe.
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Yep, make sure you turn on find my mac. That way they/you can track it & disable it if needs be.

Also turn on FileVault so the drive is encrypted, at least that way your data is safe.

I think you need to read what he wrote. You're way off on what he's asking.
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I think you need to read what he wrote. You're way off on what he's asking.

I was referring to the original owner having find my mac turned on.


But thanks for the input anyway.
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They were both turned off I checked. Literally the only thing that links it back is it not being registered under his name. I have bought macs before like that my current Macbook Air was second hand and not registered under my name or the person I bought it off but that was older but because this one is so new and parts of the buyers story doesn't add up I am a bit suspicious. I don't really want to buy it if its stolen because I don't want to support that kind of thing so I'm actually going to talk to apple today to see if they can help determine if its stolen or is legit
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