How to purchase an iPhone/Samsung off of Craigslist or Facebook SAFELY without getting scammed:
We have had several people come in to our shop that have purchased an iPhone or Android device off of Craigslist/Facebook that has either been reported lost/stolen or has an activation lock/iCloud lock on the device. This is an extremely unfortunate occurrence, but there IS a way to make sure that a phone is clean and clear for activation and does not have an activation lock on it before you purchase it.
1. Have the seller send you the IMEI/ESN number of the phone. This can be found in the phone's settings, you should ALWAYS get the IMEI number before you purchase a used device. If the seller is not willing to send you the IMEI number of the device this is a good sign that the device that they are selling is not legitimate anyways.
2. Go to https://swappa.com/esn and type in the IMEI/ESN number that the seller sends you and click "Check ESN". This is completely free, and you do not need to register to do so. This website is an excellent tool that will tell you whether the device is reported lost/stolen though it is not completely foolproof. The absolute best thing to do is have the seller meet you at your carrier with the device and have your carrier activate the phone for you.
3. If you are purchasing an iPhone, be 100% Certain that there is not an iCloud account on the device. If the phone is dead, do NOT purchase it until the seller charges the phone so that you can check this information. If the device is in the "Activation" stage make SURE that the device goes through the activation stage without asking for the iCloud account info (or have the seller put their iCloud account info into the device if it does ask for this information) before you purchase the device. No matter what anyone tells you, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to take an iCloud account off of a device if you are not the owner!
4. If it is an Android device, make sure that the individual has taken the Google account off of the device before you purchase it, there is no way to check this prior to meeting the seller unfortunately, but be SURE to check it before you purchase the device.
5. Test the phone thoroughly before purchase. Test both the front and rear cameras, the microphone, both speakers, all of the buttons, and if possible insert your SIM card into the device to make sure that it receives signal.
Though this is not a fool-proof guide, hopefully it helps some innocent individuals avoid getting scammed by someone that is trying to sell a lost/stolen/locked device!
If you wish to avoid the headache altogether we also sell used devices in good condition that include a 30 day warranty so that you will not have to worry about this headache!
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