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How to Check if a Used Phone Has Been Reported Lost or Stolen Before You Buy



About all you can do when considering a long-distance purchase is check the phone’s IMEI number against a blacklist database to make sure it hasn’t been reported lost or stolen. Luckily, that’s pretty easy to do, and it won’t cost you a penny.


First, ask the seller to give you the phone’s IMEI number. If he/she cannot or will not provide the IMEI number, there’s probably a reason so you should probably pass on the deal and buy your phone elsewhere.


The above being said, there’s a good chance that the seller simply doesn’t know how to find the phone’s IMEI number. If that’s the case, you can always tell him/her how to find it. It’s really easy.


How to find the IMEI number on an iPhone:

1 – Tap Settings.

2 – Tap General.

3 – Tap About. You should now see a list of information about this particular phone.

4 – Scroll down and you will see the phone’s IMEI number listed somewhere in the list of details.

How to find the IMEI number on an Android phone:

Note: The steps required for finding the IMEI number on some Android phones might vary slightly from the steps listed below, but you (or the person wanting to sell you a phone) should be able to easily find it in the settings.

1 – Tap Settings.

2 – Tap About phone.

3 – Tap Status. You should now see a list of information about this particular phone.

4 – Scroll down and you will see the phone’s IMEI number listed somewhere in the list of details.


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