Phones sold on ebay being reported stolen...

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Found 29th Jun 2010
Is there a way to ensure a phone you buy from ebay/forums is not reported stolen by it's original owner (and blocked by the network) as part of an insurance scam?

I'm looking at buying a phone off ebay, but this is kinda putting me off...
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You would have the evidence on the ebay site of buying it legally so I doubt the police could do anything to you , indeed if it was the seller trying it on they would be likely to get themselves into bother....

Ive bought many phones of ebay and never had a problem
I would never buy a high value Phone (£250 +) without a copy of the original purchase / upgrade receipt (PM before purchase) If they haven't got one then PASS plenty more to b had
jase.2;8941344

You would have the evidence on the ebay site of buying it legally so I … You would have the evidence on the ebay site of buying it legally so I doubt the police could do anything to you , indeed if it was the seller trying it on they would be likely to get themselves into bother....




The seller would get themselves into bother yes, but police can also seize the goods if stolen!

My mum bought a ring off ebay to use the stones in a ring she was having made, the gold was also melted down for this purpose (she had also bought a few others to have this ring made. Anyways a few months after purchase police from another area contacted my mum about the ring as it had been stolen a short while before sold on ebay. The police wanted to get the ring back but obviously as it had been melted down by this point they could not seize it. She had to get her jeweller to confirm the details and send all info to police. Even after this it took a fair few weeks for police to decide not to pursue the matter.

Long story short I would be very wary!

Someone posted this in a similar thread:

checkmend.com/uk/

Apparently you can check if its been reported stolen already for a £2.00 fee. It does not however stop someone reported as stolen after you buy! I believe there is a way roung it though, read the following thread and follow what OP did, should keep you safe (i.e. register it asap):

hotukdeals.com/ite…one
Ask for the IEMI number before purchasing and verify the phone's status with the police. I think?
tinkerbell28;8941467

Networks will also block the phone if the seller defaults on the … Networks will also block the phone if the seller defaults on the contract......



I know people get cut off, but never heard of this happening before... Any evidence they actually do this?
J_B;8941545

I know people get cut off, but never heard of this happening before... … I know people get cut off, but never heard of this happening before... Any evidence they actually do this?



I work for one of the networks Our section gets about 1 or 2 calls a week from people who've bought a phone on the bay only to find it's gets blacklisted after a few weeks/months.

Get a signed receipt form the seller with the date of the sale on, also as much of the original paper work as you can get. Then if it does get blacklisted you've a case for insurance fraud.
It's starting to sound like more hassle than it's worth! Cheers for replies people.
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