Please help! How can I avoid this potential Verizon iPhone scam?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ap3604, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I was looking to purchase a Verizon iPhone off of Craigslist but I was worried about this potential situation and getting scammed :(

    If I meet the person at a Verizon store, have the rep check the ESN/MEID # to make sure its clean, and then activate the iPhone... what happens if this person immediately goes home and calls Verizon and says their iPhone just was lost/stolen? :confused:

    Does Verizon just assume since he is the original owner on file that he must be telling the truth and de-activate my service and shut my phone down completely?

    I know this is a little paranoid but I want to make sure I don't get scammed for over $400 just because I end up dealing with a malicious person.

    I could imagine a reason a person might do this is because they might have insurance on the phone and would say it is lost/stolen in order to get my $ and then have the old one in my possession shut down and a insurance replacement sent to them free of charge.

    Most likely won't happen but I appreciate any info you can give me :)
  2. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
    Meet at a Verizon store and have the guy that works there acitivate the phone to your number. Once it's all working, then pay the guy. And also ask Verizon for a reference number or something of that nature. If that's possible.
  3. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Get the guy to make receight which he has signed, dated with the address his Verizon account registered in which says that he has sold the phone to you and you bought it for a price you both agreed on etc.
  4. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    If I were the seller and asked for a receipt with my account number, I'd pass. Just do it in a Verizon store, if there's ever an issue, you have store employees and video on your side.
  5. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Yep, I'd meet in a Verizon store just to play it safe
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  7. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    do they even block IMEI numbers in Verizon? I don't think so AFAIK.
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I think they do but not 100%
  9. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Old technology is old technology. What can you do? :rolleyes:

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