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    Default Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    I found a good deal on a Nexus 5 like new. In the auction it shows pics of the box and screen.

    Is there any danger me buying it when it clearly shows stuff like Serial, IMEI, WiFi Mac address, etc?

    I am the high bidder, but am concerned if will be a security issue for me.
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    Default Re: Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    You can check with the carrier you're going to use and ask if the IMEI is good.

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    Default Re: Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    I would check the IMEI.

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    Default Re: Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    No no no. I am sure the phone will work. I am just asking if its a big security issue if people see all that info.. people are browsing the auction now and can freely see the Serial, IMEI, WiFi mac address, etc
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    Default Re: Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    What do you mean by "security?"

    Are they going to setup a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and comb the world to see if they can pick up your mac address in the off chance you'll connect to their network so they can say, "Ah ha! That Nexus 5 I saw listed for sale is somewhere near here!"? I think the odds are against it.

    On the other hand, if you're someone that people are dedicating a lot of resources toward and intently trying to keep tabs on, and they find out you bought this phone. Then yeah... maybe.

    Anyway, within the scope of everyday mundane reason, I think you're good to go.
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    Default Re: Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    Personally I'd not want anyone to have my IMEI number.. But.. It just depends how you feel about it.

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    Default Re: Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    I saw something on Swappa about the IMEI numbers being displayed. People can use the number to do some shady things but I couldn't remember what it was.

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    Default Re: Is there a danger in giving this info out?

    I'd personally err on the side of caution. I doubt you'll have a problem though.

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