"LAPTOP & HARD DRIVE IS SERIALIZED AGAINST FRAUD."....Dude What?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wargasm009, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. wargasm009 macrumors newbie

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    I'm interested in buying a used MacBook Pro, but the seller adds, "PLEASE NOTE: LAPTOP & HARD DRIVE IS SERIALIZED AGAINST FRAUD."
    I have no idea what it means, since I'm new to Apple laptops and want to experience the operating system...
    Could someone please explain what this serialized against fraud thing is?
    Thanks
     
  2. LoMonkey macrumors regular

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  3. eneisch macrumors 6502a

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    It's not an Apple specific term or thing...my guess is that the seller is letting you know that all serial numbers are intact and the item is not stolen. I Googled the term and a lot of eBay listings use this terminology. My guess is its just a BS term that sellers use to make prospective buyers feel good.
     
  4. triplelucky macrumors regular

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    The seller is most likely letting you know that they have the serial numbers of the parts and if you buy it and return parts with different serial numbers they will know.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    That would make sense - to prevent cretins from buying the device and switching out the HDD or the whole laptop and returning claiming it doesn't work, which would be criminal fraud.
     
  6. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    no it means the seller is recording serial numbers for people who try to return items with different serials.

    pretty common.
     
  7. paukivbashne macrumors member

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    lots of scammers lately buys laptops just to switch the the working parts
    so this is sort of a precaution
     
  8. triplelucky macrumors regular

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    Actually its pretty meaningless though. There is no way for the seller to be able to prove that whatever serial number they say they recorded was the item with the serial number they eventually mailed.
     
  9. Jaben3421 macrumors regular

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    Take pictures, or register them with the company's website.
     
  10. eneisch macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks MacModMachine...I learn something new everyday!
     
  11. wargasm009 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot guys, seller replied to my email saying exactly that
     

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