How to check if the iMac is not stolen/fake

Discussion in 'iMac' started by duculetu, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. duculetu macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2014

    I am looking to buy soon an 27'inch iMac i7 780M from a guy on the forums.
    How can i see if the mac is not stolen or if it is the real deal?
    I am scared the mac might be fake an after 1 weeks it "drops".

    Any suggestion will be appreciated.

    Thank you!
  2. zarf2007 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    London, UK
    Take the screen off and check to see if it is full of cream cheese. I was scammed like that once but luckily my friends were there and had brought bagels..
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I'd suggest get the serial number and call Apple -- perhaps before purchasing the iMac. If you explain you're buying it used and just want to make sure it hasn't been reported as stolen. They may also be able to advise if it's had previous repairs.

    Why people on MR feel the need to be unhelpful smartasses is beyond me.
  4. tonie macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2008
    As far as I lnow, Apple does not keep record of reported stolen goods so there's no way of verifying if it's stolen or not.
  5. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Oh lighten up, it was pretty funny.
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Inane comment≠pretty funny
  7. twoehr macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    East Coast US
    I'd agree that:

    inane comment + no help ≠pretty funny


    inane comment + help = pretty funny

    So, in that vein. Anyone can bring bagels, kudos to the person that brings the smoked salmon.

    "Other than the Find My iPhone and Find My Mac apps, there is no other Apple service that finds, tracks, or otherwise flags your device for you."

    But there are some third party companies that claim to have databases that can be searched, google for "stolen computer serial number database".
  8. duculetu, Nov 22, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2014

    duculetu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2014
    The idea is that the device is packed, and the guy said i will be the first one to unpack it. It is still in the box. I've checked on ( apple serial number and it appears as being in warranty until March 2015.
    Are there any sites i can check it, or any physical aspects i should look at?

    LE: also checked it on chipmunk:
    This is the product:

    Hope i don't get warned for publicity

    Thank you

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