How to avoid getting ripped off while buying a phone on a peer-to-peer platform!
1. Convene in regions where CCTV cameras are present, but…
Never conduct business in the middle of a roadway or train station. Make sure you’re seated in a welcoming environment with other people.
Make a reservation at a cafe, bank, or similar location before meeting with the buyer or seller. If they refuse, don’t meet with them.
2. Don’t pay in mysterious ways.
Scammers will occasionally encourage you to send money for a product you’re buying in an unusual and risky way. MoneyGram, Western Union, and other payment platforms are examples. As a buyer, you are not entirely covered if you consent to this.
Similarly, if you’re paying using PayPal, don’t utilize the Friends & Family option because you won’t be protected. The merchants will take your money before sending you the merchandise and then never send it to you.
3. With the seller, sign a proof-of-transaction document.
Traceability should always be left with the transaction. This is crucial for proving that the transaction took place. Create a short receipt/page on which both the buyer and the seller sign to confirm the transaction. The payment method (cash or bank transfer), ID, and IMEI of the phone are all listed on this receipt.
In this manner, if something goes wrong, there will be a means to establish that the transaction took place. There isn’t much that can be done without tractability.
4. Be cautious if the pricing appears to be too good to be true!
Extremely low costs are always an indicator that something is awry unless you can trust the seller.
Apple is presently selling the iPhone 11 Pro 256GB for £1,199. (as of 23rd October 2019). We looked on a peer-to-peer marketplace to see how much a fresh sealed one would cost and came across this listing.
It’s a little strange to pay £645 for a brand new iPhone 11 Pro 256GB. We discovered that the phone was not ‘brand newly sealed’ but had been activated over three weeks earlier after doing checks on the IMEI number (which was shown in the right picture). The merchant misleads the buyer by claiming that the goods are sealed. It’s also possible that the vendor has tampered with the original goods or replaced them with a counterfeit, which is why they’re looking for a rapid sale.
5. Look for original components.
There is nothing wrong with refurbished parts; in fact, they are beneficial because they increase the product’s lifespan. Nonetheless, the dangers come from dealers who fail to tell purchasers of this and substitute genuine parts with knockoffs or low-quality replicas. If the seller claims that all parts are original, it’s a good idea to double-check:
Check the health of the battery. When a phone is over a year old and the battery health is 100 percent, the battery has most likely been replaced.
Check for replacement screens on the screen. You can do this by running your palm along the phone’s rim to see if any openings exist along the screen ridge. The warranty on a phone is void once the screen has been replaced. Face-ID isn’t compatible with all screen replacements.
This phone has had its screen replaced; there are a few marks in the lower right-hand corner showing someone has previously opened the phone screen.
SIM Tray: Check the IMEI of the SIM tray and compare it to the IMEI of the phone.
6. Verify that the seller has cleansed the phone and erased all of its contents.
Make that the phone is completely reset and cleared of all data, as well as logged out of any iCloud or Google accounts.
7. Make sure the phone isn’t on any blacklists.
You may check the phone’s IMEI history to make sure it hasn’t been blacklisted before. Buying or selling a banned phone is against the law! If a phone gets blacklisted, it will be unable to connect to a network.
If this is the case, we can perform a check for you; simply ping us in the app and we’ll assist you!
8. Verify that the phone is compatible with your SIM card.
When it comes to networks, be sure the phone you’re buying online is compatible with your SIM card and network provider. You may test this by inserting your SIM card into the phone you’re buying and seeing if it can make and receive calls.
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9. Check to see if the phone is locked to a specific network.
When buying a phone, especially one that is brand new or in outstanding shape, ask the seller if it is still under contract with a network. Scams in which sellers sell a phone that is still under contract and then fail to pay the contract are on the rise. The phone will be immediately blacklisted as a result of this action.
If that’s the case, demand proof of purchase, address, and identification!
Check for reviews and the creation of an account.
Make sure the vendor has a strong reputation with past customers if you’re buying a phone on a marketplace with a review system, such as eBay. Another technique to verify the seller’s legitimacy is to look at the account’s creation date. It’s generally a fraudulent account if a vendor has just opened an account in the recent few days. Similarly, be aware of vendors that have opened an account on Facebook Marketplace in 2019! Also, reviews can be fabricated, so be wary of that (we’ve seen scammers with 300 “5 stars” on eBay or 1,500 Facebook friends, for example).