People asking for IMEI/Serial #

Poochi

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Jul 30, 2010
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Posted my iPhone to sell on the online classified, got a few requests to provide them with IMEI/Serial # so they can "call Apple to make sure the phone is not stolen".

Is there any legitimate reasons where it is a legitimate request? Smells like a scam so it must be a scam? lol
 

Daveoc64

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Jan 16, 2008
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Bristol, UK
What can the person do with the IMEI/serial #?
I don't know if this can be done with an iPhone, but some countries/carriers will block the IMEI of phones that have been reported lost/stolen.

In order to get around that, some people alter the IMEI of a stolen phone to that of a genuine one.

If done carefully, it would be hard to detect.
 
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