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Updated: 08/09/2022:    If you've ever wanted to know every term and method relative to social engineering, Irrespective of your level of experience, then you've come to the right place. This SEing encyclopedia, has everything you need pertaining to common terms and methods that're used In today's world of exploiting the human firewall. All topics Include a brief description, as well as a few examples of how each term Is used In a sentence- which will be of benefit to those new to the SEing sector. To help refine your search, I've added a table of contents, whereby you can pick and choose exactly what you're looking for. 

The Sealed Box Method Success

 



The Sealed Box Method With The Highest Degree Of Success

In order to help ensure the SE runs as smooth as possible, every social engineer has one or more favorite methods that they're proficient In using when manipulating and exploiting online stores for refunds and replacement Items. Be It the DNA method by signing with a fake signature and saying the package did not arrive, the missing Item method whereby upon opening the package/box the product was not enclosed, or perhaps the wrong Item received which claims a different Item was delivered to what was originally ordered, the SE'er will select the one that's best suited to the Item he's planning to SE, as well as his level of expertise.

After "Item and method formulation" has been carefully considered, the next step Is to research the company to establish how they function when processing claims, and the types of carriers (DHL, FedEx, UPS, DPD etc) they utilize to service their deliveries. If all goes well with the Information gathering session, and the company's operations Is compatible with the method In mind, the attack vector can be launched and It will get off to a pretty good start thereafter. While It all sounds rather simple In theory, It's a different story In practice - namely when the SE Is In the hands of the representatives.

In other words, you're In command when the SE Is In your local environment, but the same cannot be said when It's being evaluated on the other end of the spectrum - specifically the steps taken by reps to assess your claim. Things like Investigations opened and a police report asked to be filed and returned, are both triggered by certain methods and there's nothing you can do from your side to prevent It from happening. Although a PR Is only required for administration purposes to move forward with the claim, I've come across a lot of social engineers who feel Intimidated, hence they refuse to file the report and put an end to their SE. Other Incidents such as affidavits, stat decs and carriers taking photos, also add to the complexities of SEing. 

Unless the rep/agent Is half -asleep on the job and approves your claim on the spot, what you've just read pertaining to complications, Is Inevitable when using the majority of tradition methods In the social engineering sector. But there Is one particular method that totally avoids the entire assessment of the claim, and does not require any Involvement on your part AFTER you've executed It. It's called "the sealed box method" and Is definitely my favorite, for the fact that It has the highest success rate but only when It's formulated with sheer precision and perfection - which Is precisely the objective of this article. 

What you will learn today, Is how to flawlessly prepare the sealed box method by leaving absolutely no room for error, thus barring any unforeseen circumstances, the SE Is almost guaranteed to succeed with every company that has an Inventory of goods manufactured In factory-sealed boxes. To demonstrate the method's application, I've selected three Items that're commonly SEd (at the time of this post) - being the IPhone 12, IPhone 13 and a MacBook Pro. I've also discussed how to apply It to any laptop, therefore you can use my tutorials as a general guide, by manipulating Its contents to suit the Item you're looking to SE. But first, It's vital to have a good understanding of the Ins and outs of the sealed box method Itself, so let's check It out now.        


What Is The Sealed Box Method?

As already mentioned a minute ago, the advantage of the sealed box method over the others, Is that a claim will not be started by the representative - you'll "seemingly" return the product you've bought, and get a refund afterwards, hence there's no claim Involved. Don't worry, this will make perfect sense as the article progresses. Okay, the sealed box method works by purchasing an Item that's fully enclosed In a cardboard box on all six sides and contains one or more seals, and/or the box Is factory wrapped In a clear film.

When the carrier driver drops It off to your home, you'll start working on the method by meticulously opening the box, and making sure to not damage any part of It. After that, take out the original Item and replace It with something of equal weight - of which I strongly recommend a "like-for-like product", such as a real IPhone swapped with a fake dummy IPhone (more on this In the very last topic). What happens next, Is the most Important part of the method's formulation, so pay attention to every word I'm saying. 

When "resealing the box", It must be done without showing any signs of tampering whatsoever, and the end result should be an exact representation of how It was purchased from the company - with the "seal/seals" and/or the "plastic factory film" maintained In Its manufacturer's state. When you've finished, get In contact with the company telling them you'd like to return your product due to a change of mind, received as a gift etc. Of course, where available, the same can be done by logging Into your account and using Its return menu.

As long as everything complies with the company's returns policy, you're good to go with sending It back for a refund. If you haven't worked It out by now, you're (supposedly) returning the product you bought that "appears to be In Its original untouched condition". Realistically, "you've sent another Item that you replaced earlier on" - at the time the sealed box method was put together. Understood? Good! 

Essentially, when the company receives your return, they'll see that there's no signs of Inconsistencies with the box and assume It's the real deal. It will then get scanned, placed back Into stock and your bank account will be credited within x-amount of business days - all done without the need to Initiate a claim. That's basically how the sealed box method Is applied In general, but to give you a good Insight of how It's done with certain types of Items, we'll first begin with the IPhone 12, and then move on to a couple of more products.       


The Sealed Box Method With The IPhone 12

Upon reading the topic above on the sealed box method's preparation, It may sound like a quick and simple task, but nothing could be further from the truth. Because there are so many goods with boxes that are packaged and sealed differently by the factory, formulating the sealed box method Is done on a case-by-case basis. Now It's way beyond the scope of this article to cater for every Item, so I'll start with the Apple IPhone 12. The first thing to note, Is that It doesn't have any seals on the box, but Is rather fully covered In clear film with a small tab at the bottom, whereby It's pulled upright to remove the entire film, and the phone Is accessed by opening the lid on the box thereafter.

The film serves the same purpose as any type of seal - It secures the contents and helps prevent tampering, but It can easily be resealed with the correct "tools" at your disposal, and here's how to do It. Instead of attempting to pull apart the film and put It back together again without damaging It (which Is a very arduous process), you will be using another approach that will ultimately do the job to perfection. How so, you ask? Well, notice I've quoted "tools" just above?  That's because It's precisely what you'll be utilizing.

Unbeknownst to many SE'ers, a "heat sealer machine" can be purchased from here or here, which (as Its name Implies) Is a machine used to seal bags/film by applying heat that can be adjusted with various temperature levels. It's abbreviated as "PFS" - Plastic Film Sealer, and Is exactly what's needed for the IPhone 12. Evidently, the factory film Is also required, so grab It from here or from Alibaba. In the event the links are dead, use the site's search function and enter the keywords accordingly. All In all, the tools are a small Investment for a huge profit when the SE succeeds


The Sealed Box Method With The IPhone 13

As of writing this article, the IPhone 13 Is the very latest release, and given Its packaging has significantly changed compared to the IPhone 12, a lot of social engineers have difficulties opening and resealing It to not show tampering. The reason for It, Is that It has "two long strip paper pull tab seals" that're glued at the top & bottom of the box, and the only way to take out the phone, Is to pull the strip (seals) from one end to the other until they're fully removed. Apple has certainly done well to "help prevent" anyone with fraudulent Intent, to access and refund the phone using anything to the likes of the sealed box method.

That being said, SEing Is all about manipulating every obstacle and entity to your advantage, and the sealed box method against the IPhone 13, Is definitely part of the equation. Can you see how I've quoted "help prevent" In the paragraph just above? That's because Apple "cannot prevent It", no matter how secure their anti-tampering protection on the IPhone's external packaging has been Implemented. Here's how the sealed box method Is performed, without leaving any Inconsistencies when the job Is finished.

As you are aware, the box can only be opened by tearing off the seals, so rather than concentrating on finding ways to do It and not damage them In any way, shape, or form, there's an excellent alternative to give the Impression of a perfectly sealed box - and that Is to purchase the packaging box sealing stickers for the IPhone 13 from here or here. Essentially, you don't have to worry about the original seals - they'll be replaced with the ones you've bought, so the only thing of concern, Is to flawlessly apply the new seals - which Is not too difficult at all. If need be, take an entire week! 


The Sealed Box Method With A MacBook Pro

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that this guide Is not based on any particular MacBook Pro model and size. There are simply too many to mention, ranging from 13 Inch to 16 Inch, with quite a few being somewhat (slightly) different In nature, hence It's not possible to discuss how to reseal each and every one. Instead, I've focused on the MacBook Pro 13 with the M1 chip that was officially launched around 17 months ago from the time of this post. Naturally, you may be looking to SE another model, so be sure to use the Information In this topic as a stepping stone towards formulating the sealed box method.

Okay, In terms of the MacBook Pro 13 M1 packaging, the box Is wrapped In clear film with a tab at the bottom that's used to rip It apart, and open the box. There are no seals on the box Itself, thus you'll only be dealing with resealing the film without any signs of tampering. It's similar to how the IPhone 12 (that you've read a few minutes ago) Is packaged - only the clear film Is of relevance when putting the method together. In order to do that, the film/label stickers can be found here and here. The heat sealer machine could also be required, so get It from Amazon. As a reminder, the MacBook model you're Intending to SE may differ, therefore search this site or Alibaba for the correct film.  


The Sealed Box Method With Any Laptop

As the title of this topic reads, this relates to using the sealed box method with any laptop, and given some units are packaged differently by the manufacturer, allow some flexibility with the one you'll be SEing. Moving forward, there are many laptops that're packed In a box with a factory seal on the top & bottom, that says something along the lines of: "Check contents If seal Is broken". This Is the first place the representative (or whoever Is handling your return) will look, and It also applies to every product secured with a seal, so keep It In mind at all times.

When you have the laptop In hand, If the seal(s) Is easy to peel using a hairdryer on the lowest heat setting, or perhaps placing a thin blade on the underside of the seal and gently lifting without damaging It, fine, go ahead and use any of the two techniques. But do remember the most Important part - to "reseal It with no Imperfections!". One way of doing It, Is to use clear glue that does not leave residue behind or If the adhesive Is still Intact on the seal, firmly press It back Into place. Alternatively, navigate to this site to see whether a suitable seal/tape Is available and If so, I don't need to explain It - you know what to do.

On the other hand, many seals are almost Impossible to remove In one piece, thus under these circumstances, leave It be and target "where the box Is joined" - with the Intention to Identify the weakest and easiest point where It can be pulled apart without tearing It. After replacing the laptop with another Item of equal weight (or as close as possible), glue It back together again. I've personally done It on a couple of laptop boxes and the end result, was an exact representation of the original one. 


The Sealed Box Method With A Like-For-Like Product

Although the sealed box method can be used by changing the original Item with any useless garbage (of equal weight) that you have lying around the house, for one reason or another, the box may be opened and Its contents checked. As such, to avoid being accused of deliberately attempting to deceive the company, use a "like-for-like product" as the replacement Item, rather than throwing In something random. For example, If you're SEing an IPhone 12 Pro Max, reseal the box with a dummy phone of the exact same model, but given the dummy phone Is totally fake, you may need to add a little extra packing to match the weight of the real one.

Of course, It doesn't only apply to cell phones, you can buy dummy goods for various Items, like a 13 Inch MacBook Pro and an array of other technology-based products. The reason I'm recommending the dummy/fake Item, Is because there two possibilities that may take place when the company receives your return and "Is NOT put back Into stock for a refund". The first, Is the rep/agent (or someone from the warehouse department) will open the sealed box, and realize a fake Item Is enclosed, hence you'll be left with no choice but to legitimately return the purchased product. You can then buy It again on a different account, and SE It using another method.    

Now you can well and truly justify that a like-for-like Item was mistakenly sealed and returned, as opposed to a piece of junk which Is completely unrelated, but SE'ers often ask me: "How do you explain the box being perfectly sealed? Wouldn't It Instantly raise suspicion?". Well, the rep can be manipulated with ease, by simply saying that you thought a damaged/opened box will void the refund, thus It was resealed as per Its original state. Too easy, yes? I think so too! 

The second possibility when the box Is received and opened, Is the company failing to thoroughly check the return, thereby due to the huge similarities between both Items, "they'd think the fake Item Is real", therefore a refund Into your account will be forthcoming. All things considered, no matter what occurs with your return, you're fully covered when opting for a "like-for-like product" with the sealed box method


In Conclusion

On completion of this article, you've not only learned how to use the sealed box method with the highest degree of success against certain types of technological Items, but you're also aware that there Is a slight chance the box may be opened and Inspected - which Is not a problem whatsoever. As discussed just above, you now have sound knowledge of how to effectively tackle It In a fashion that will ensure minimal disruptions and complications

In closing, I'd like to reiterate that this article should be used as a general guide with the Item you're planning to SE, so be sure to apply and manipulate the methodologies mentioned In each topic, according to your SEing needs.          

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