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How to check if an iPhone is stolen before purchase in Kenya

A Reddit user in the United States took to the social media app and shared the location of his stolen iPhone in Kenya.

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This is usually the case with most iPhones stolen and shipped out of the first world, refurbished, and sold as new to unsuspecting customers.

In the era of buying and selling pre-owned smartphones, ensuring that your new purchase hasn’t been lost or stolen is crucial. Here, we’ll guide you on how to check the status of an iPhone before making a purchase.

If you’re in the market for a used iPhone, taking precautions to avoid inadvertently buying a stolen device is essential.

Fortunately, a handy service allows you to verify the legitimacy of a phone before sealing the deal. The key is obtaining the iPhone’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number, a unique identifier crucial for this verification process.

To locate the IMEI number, you can find it on the back of the iPhone’s packaging or access it through the device itself.

Simply go to Settings, then General, and navigate to About. Scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll find the IMEI number listed.

Armed with the IMEI number, you can then head over to the website Stolen Phone Check ( Enter the IMEI number into the tool, and it will promptly inform you whether the phone is registered as stolen or not.

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A legitimate seller should have no reservations about providing the IMEI number, as it is a standard practice in the sale of used smartphones.

This simple yet effective check can save you from potential troubles and ensure a smooth transaction.

Remember, a proactive approach to checking the status of a used iPhone contributes to a safer and more secure marketplace. So, before finalizing your purchase, take a moment to verify the phone’s history and enjoy a worry-free ownership experience.