how to check if iphone is stolen

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Nardomang, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    ive recently been looking on craigslist for picking up an iphone. i found one from some kid that lives in a rich neighborhood, so im wondering if its just a kid that wants money because he/she got something else or if its stolen. its a 16gig white iphone 3g for $125... im wondering if there is any way to check to see if the iphone is stolen when i go to check it out? if anyone can help out it would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    If you still have the box, you should be able to compare the serial number on the box and the one on the phone.
     
  3. macrumors 68040

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    Did you even read the first post?

    OP: The only way you're going to be able to tell is if he has all of the original packaging/accessories. Then you'll know it's NOT stolen.

    If he doesn't have these things, it means nothing. He could have lost them or gotten the phone from a friend or family member.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    No formal way to know but there are several clues that it "Might be hot".

    1. No box, USB Cable or A/C charging block
    2. Phone not charged and the "owner" does not have a clue how to use it
    3. No original receipt but it could have been a gift or second-hand already

    Note check that the water sensors are not tripped: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3302

    Dave
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    cool thanks everyone...

    i have a blackberry bold and was thinking maybe i could just put my sim card in and attempt to make a call or something if that works... make sure the phone isn't locked if it stolen or something
     

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