Selling on craigslist, should I give out the serial # upon request?

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  1. JReynolds macrumors 6502

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    I'm selling my wife's Black iPhone 4 on craigslist so she can get the white one when it comes out, $600.

    I have an interested buyer but he wants the serial number so he can "know how long the phone is under warranty...from that I can get to know when the phone was purchased..."

    Is there anything malicious he could do with a serial #?

    Should I give it to him?

    Thanks
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    It isn't like they are going to call Apple, switch the info on the phone and cash in the AppleCare on you.

    More likely run a SN check on the Apple site.
     
  3. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    could report it stolen.. take a screen shot of the page showing how long is left with half the serial blurred out
     
  4. Greenman1 macrumors newbie

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    we still don't know how Apple will be handing out the free bumpers, they might go by serial number (and keep a record so they know only to give out 1 per phone).

    I would be cautious before handing out the serial number..just in case. You never know what kind of scams there are out there. The phones are under warranty for 1 year I believe, right? The receipt should be a clear indication for the buyer to know when the phone was purchased.

    Be careful with craigslist, a LOT Of scammers and shady people, I would only accept CASH for the phone, anything else and the buyer can go take a hike.
     
  5. JReynolds thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the QUICK responses!

    I think I'll just tell him when I bought it, no need to give him the SN
     
  6. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

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    don't do it!!!!! not saying he will but he could definitely report it stolen and get it bricked!!!

    and the phone has only been on sale for a month...it's safe to assume that you have 11 more months right?
     
  7. TXLady macrumors newbie

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    It's not like it's a Verizon phone that you have to call and verify can be activated on Verizon. And it's not like you could have had it for 6 months and be trying to palm it off as brand new. I wouldn't do it.
     
  8. Stoj macrumors member

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    Go here.

    Enter SN.

    Click on "See full coverage details"

    Take screenshot.

    Blank out most of the SN.

    Email screenshot.

    Profit?
     
  9. thatoneguy92088 macrumors member

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    The SN is not a big deal, even if the buyer did call and got a phone he wanted to buy bricked, I assume OP has the receipt and this could be straightened out easily.
     
  10. iPadztr macrumors 6502

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    still a hassle and inconvenient for the seller. Why risk it? do what others said. Take a screenshot and send it to him. The iPhone 4 just came out less than a month ago.
     
  11. M-5 macrumors 65816

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    The phone hasn't even been out for more than a month. I don't see why he needs the serial number.
     
  12. koilvr macrumors 6502

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    He might try and get the free bumper, I say dont give nobody serial # uNDASTAND?
     
  13. iTouch macrumors 6502

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    I would tell the buyer that the iPhone 4 has not been out that long and warranty should not be an issue. And I agree with the above poster that someone might try to get a free bumper from you.
     
  14. headcheese macrumors regular

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    How are you going to get the white one? Wouldn't you need to get a 2nd line of service?
     
  15. bigtrip macrumors newbie

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    It's a scam. I had someone from eBay try to get the serial # from a 3G I was selling and it sounded shady so I googled it. Apparently there is a way to swap a legit serial # into an iPhone that has been reported stolen. Not sure how it works, but it is a common scam now. I told the guy "for the eventual buyer's protection I didn't feel comfortable giving it out." Within an hour I received an email from eBay saying that I had been conversating with an account that was suspected of being hacked and any correspondence with that account was not
    Safe.
     
  16. JReynolds thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm not looking for a profit, just break even and purchase the white 16GB for $600 tax free for the wife.
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    When I was selling my jailbroken and unlocked 3GS on eBay, someone asked me for the serial number but I ignored his email because he had zero feedback.
     
  18. KentuckyApple macrumors regular

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    Obviously you're not a golfer.

    Profit...
     
  19. bholaladka macrumors regular

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    may be he can score a free bumper using SN if apple decides to use SN to give out free bumpers :eek:
     

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