Safe to provide IMEI number?

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

  1. roccobladr macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    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


    Apr 30, 2012
    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

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    I wondered about this too.
  4. heated lime macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2013
    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

    Nov 19, 2013
    There is n risks in sharing IMEI for verification. So don't worry abut it.

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