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roccobladr

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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?
 

dictoresno

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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?

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.
 
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heated lime

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Nov 19, 2013
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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.
 
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psyadav

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