Safe to provide IMEI number?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by roccobladr, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. roccobladr macrumors 6502

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    Is it safe to provide my iphone4s IMEI number to a potential ebay buyer? I put up a second chance offer and they replied : "Hi send me please IMEI."

    It was sent through a legit ebay message. Should I have any concerns?
     
  2. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    no, they want to verify that its not stolen or IMEI blacklisted. a general rule is to never publicly provide your ESN/IMEI/MEID as there are people who can potentially clone them. but it isnt as much of a problem as it used to be. if someone was buying the phone, as in your case, i think they have every right to do their own homework to make sure the device is legit. when i bought my wife an iphone 4 a few years ago, i asked the seller for the ESN so i can verify with verizon it was clear. so yea, provide it to the seller.
     
  3. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

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    I wondered about this too.
     
  4. heated lime macrumors newbie

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    I buy and sell iphones, and whenever someone asks me for the imei i do not hesitate to give it to them. I have never had a issue releasing the imei to someone.
     
  5. psyadav macrumors newbie

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    There is n risks in sharing IMEI for verification. So don't worry abut it.
     

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