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Giving imei of iphone before sale

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Giving imei of iphone before sale

I am selling a new iphone 7. The buyer is asking about imei before meeting. Is there any concern giving imei number before sale?
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Mar 9, 2007
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Tell them they can verify imei in person.
xcel wrote:
Jan 18th, 2017 7:19 pm
I am selling a new iphone 7. The buyer is asking about imei before meeting. Is there any concern giving imei number before sale?

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Apr 17, 2013
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they use it to check that the phone is not bricked....you can report your iPhone stolen and it can be bricked by apple. there is absolutely no harm to you and benefit to both parties to be truthful and provide this information.
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No concerns.

I would want the IMEI to check the Activation Lock status too.
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I don't give it out. The buyer can check all he wants when we meet in person. I've always done that but there were a couple of times where the buyer thought I was too shady lol.
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I don't give it out if you don't trust me look elsewhere.
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bembol wrote:
Jan 18th, 2017 8:54 pm
I don't give it out if you don't trust me look elsewhere.
The main question is, what is the risk? Can someone report it stolen by just having imei number? Can someone duplicate imei?
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Feb 27, 2014
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xcel wrote:
Jan 18th, 2017 7:19 pm
I am selling a new iphone 7. The buyer is asking about imei before meeting. Is there any concern giving imei number before sale?
If the buyer has not "agreed" to a price, accept the condition of the phone, what is the point of checking/giving out imei? Even if the others said there is no harm giving it out, it doesn't feel good giving out that "personal identifier" and the buyer said sorry no longer interested or never bother to reply anymore after receiving the imei. So the others are right, do not give the imei out prior to meeting, tell the buyer, if buyer is interested in buying, agreed to the selling price, then buyer can check the imei during the meeting.
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Feb 27, 2014
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xcel wrote:
Jan 18th, 2017 9:25 pm
The main question is, what is the risk? Can someone report it stolen by just having imei number? Can someone duplicate imei?
Risk in giving out IMEI
1. Activate a phone using your IMEI
2. Clone a phone using your IMEI
Last edited by kaliman on Jan 18th, 2017 9:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Very easy to blacklist a phone
Buy a Virgin prepaid sim, activate online using the imei I just got, report stolen the following day, phone will be on the blacklist the day after.

Why would someone do that? Cause some people are messed up like that.
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Aug 2, 2004
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Damn

I always assumed the risk of giving out the IMEI was zero.

It's gotten to a point where it is pointless to even bother. Why go through all this hassle to buy a phone on Kijiji to save a few dollars.
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bembol wrote:
Jan 18th, 2017 8:54 pm
I don't give it out if you don't trust me look elsewhere.
Trust... that's a good point. If the buyer do not trust the seller, he needs to look elsewhere. All cell phone buyers are at the "mercy" of the seller. The seller, if he is not happy (pissed) with the buyer's lack of trust in him or viewed his insistence on checking the IMEI prior to the sale as rude, can simply report the phone as lost after the sale just to make life miserable for the buyer.

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