Imei #

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by StevnJ9971, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. StevnJ9971 macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2008
    Hey all,

    I just sold an iPhone 4 on eBay. The buyer sent me a message requesting the IMEI# of the phone before I ship it because "I am planning to get it factory unlocked as well by the time USPS delivers the phone." I know you need the IMEI# to unlock, but is there anything else he could do with that number that I should avoid? Or is it okay for me to give him the number?

    I'm just trying to protect myself from any potential scams, so any help would be really appreciated. Thanks!
  2. jeep92 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    Once he pays I'd say its safe to give him the IMEI. He probably just wants the phone unlocked for when he gets it in the mail.
  3. Chopstick217 macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2011
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I honestly do not think there is anything he can really do with the IMEI number except for unlocking it through AT&T or and eBay seller.
  4. harrelmusic macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007
    I've had the exact same scenario -- I'm not 100% comfortable giving the imei# because I'm not 100% sure what it means when I do give it to him.

    How does it work? Should I just wait until he pays? He's asked for the number before paying... If I can get it easily, he can too, right?
  5. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    I would just give him the number. Think about from the buyer's perspective, the IMEI not only tells if the phone is or can be unlock but also if it's a stolen phone. I would want to make sure the phone isn't listed as stolen first.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm sure you're selling a legitimate phone :eek: but buyers can be scammed just the same as sellers.
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    agreed. I have given it out when selling my phone b.c that is really one of the few ways to tell if it is stolen.
  7. harrelmusic macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007
    thanks for the input, guys. He's also asked for the AT&T phone number -- which isn't even something anymore since it's not on contract. The old phone number, of course, is my current phone number. I'm guessing I can safely leave info that out.
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    well, I usually text people when selling a phone on craigslist so they would have my phone number. That is a weird thing to request though. I feel like with your name, phone number, and IMEI he may be able to report the phone stolen. Of course that has zero benefit to him and you could easily get that fixed.
  9. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    if the buyer has already paid and the funds are clear, technically, its already theirs. I would provide that info only after the funds clear.

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