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Buying cell phone on kijiji safe?

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Buying cell phone on kijiji safe?

I bought an a8 of kijiji for only $250 and the first thing I did was factory reset it. It seems fine and I like it, but I'm just curious if there some scams around I'm not aware of before I start banking on it or something? Thanks
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I'm not that familiar with Samsungs, but I have a couple of Sonys, and a factory reset doesn't wipe the systems partition (ie. systems apps). Someone could root the phone, then install/move apps into the systems partition.

I usually do a full firmware/ROM flash, replacing/resetting system and user partitions. It's pretty easy with Sony Xperias, using a third party utility. I never really figured out, with confidence, how to do it on a Samsung, using Odin.
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Samsung's bootloaders have been locked since the S7 days for the NA Snapdragon variants so I wouldn't worry about that.

The most common scam with kijiji is someone could report the phone lost/stolen after they've sold it to you. So youre now stuck with a blacklisted phone that can't be used anywhere. No real way to prevent this other than buying from a reputable seller.
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arkane wrote: Samsung's bootloaders have been locked since the S7 days for the NA Snapdragon variants so I wouldn't worry about that.

The most common scam with kijiji is someone could report the phone lost/stolen after they've sold it to you. So youre now stuck with a blacklisted phone that can't be used anywhere. No real way to prevent this other than buying from a reputable seller.
I think the most common Kijiji scam is the "bought with stolen identity and sold for cheap on Kijiji to get a quick sale before it's blacklisted" scam - same result though. I dunno what the standard resale price of the A8 is, though, to say if that's likely in this scenario.
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It's a bit too late to have a buyer remorse on this when you've already bought the phone. (there's a sticky up top for future reference)
In this case you might in the clear as most issue are usually with higher end phone. (stranger things have happen)
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I think the guy's more worried about his data being safe than his phone being blocked.
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If you really want to be safe, you could flash a stock with Odin and factory reset it before letting it boot for the first time.

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