As unfortunate as it is, most people only discover what a blacklisted phone is once they have become a victim of buying one.
A blacklisted phone is essentially a phone that has been reported lost or stolen. The phone may appear to work 100%, except it will not connect to the cell phone network.
This can happen to a phone at anytime, if the original owner calls into their cell phone provider a say the phone has been lost of stolen. This is an all to common insurance scam, when the individual will sell their device, then turn around and say it was lost and collect the insurance money. The phone is then useless to the unsuspecting purchaser.
Since this can happen at anytime, even weeks or months after the purchase, there is no way to 100% prevent this from happening to you. We can however provide a few tips to help minimize your risk.
1. Don’t risk buying from an unknown person on a site like craigslist.
2. Buy from a trusted person or a reputable used phone store like the Cell Clinic.