I’ve had my iPhone stolen not once, but twice. Even with Find my iPhone enabled, the chances of you recovering a lost or stolen iPhone is still pretty low. Every now and then, a lost iPhone may find its way into a Good Samaritan’s hands. Instead of keeping this lost phone as their own or selling it, this Good Samaritan decides to make sure it finds its way back to its rightful owner. But, that scenario is few and far between. Instead, these stolen iPhones get sold to folks online and once they receive the item they may not even be able to unlock it. In order to avoid getting duped and buying someone’s stolen iPhone there is a nice tool that will allow you to identify if that phone is stolen before ever hitting that buy button, and we are going to show you how.
If you are one of these unlucky buyers of a stolen iPhone or simply want to make sure you aren’t buying a stolen device you can check the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity).This IMEI number is unique to every phone, helping identify my iPhone from millions of other devices. Now, if Activation Lock was enabled by someone who lost or had their phone stolen, you’ll know immediately by putting the IMEI in at the Activation Lock website. You can find the IMEI number by going to .
Whenever you are buying an iPhone online from a third-party make sure to ask for the IMEI number. While this may be annoying for the seller, and legit buyer will do this without any issues and you can verify if the phone is stolen by entering in the information here.
Methods for locating the IMEI number
On this topic, always make sure that you have your Find My iPhone enabled on your device. It is an extremely helpful tool and makes the potential recovery and safety of your private information super simple. You can enable it by going to.
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