Second-hand cellphones could be first-rate ripoff: RCMP

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The RCMP is warning the public of a man in the Stephenville going around selling used Iphones which are unable to be activated or lose their signal shortly after activation.


When checked the phones could be on what is termed as a “national blacklist” of phones with outstanding balances unpaid to cellphone service companies.

Police say the man legally obtained the Iphones from Bell Mobility, but since that time an outstanding bill has been accrued against the phones.

A news release notes that when a buyer attempted to activate the phone it initially worked, but within 24 hours the phone no longer received a signal. When the buyer phoned Bell Mobility they were advised that the phone was on the "National Blacklist" and will never work until the entire balance on all 22 Iphones on the account was paid.

People are being advised to phone the cell phone carrier and check the IMEI number to learn whether or not a used phone has an outstanding bill against it before making the purchase.

As the phones were initially legally obtained, and did work for a short while, no criminal investigation will proceed but the public should be aware that this scenario can happen.

Organizations: Bell Mobility, RCMP

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    August 03, 2014 - 20:52

    That is good to know, next time, when people buy second phone, you have to check the carrier for the balance for the phone fisrt before you buy it.