Safely Purchasing Used Technology

Score!  You just found a great deal on a tablet while browsing through Kijiji.  Staying safe is important when buying high valued items, so here are a few tips to keep in mind that will make buying a used cell phone, laptop or tablet a positive experience.  
If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
  • Be suspicious of a nearly-new device being sold without packaging or accessories
  • Don't accept a phone, laptop or tablet in a sealed box - you should test and inspect it
  • If the price is really low for a newer model, it's probably a fake
Do your homework. 
  • Take a screenshot of the Kijiji ad to use as a reference
  • Establish the condition of the item by using it - take photos, open a few apps, etc. 
It’s in the details. 
  • Meet face to face and never send the seller money before inspecting the item
  • Ask for a receipt and have the seller sign the back of it and include their address
  • Be careful of malware and viruses on a used device - if possible, start with a clean slate

Tips for iPhone purchases 
  • Look at the Lock screen - if the phone has been erased remotely or put into lost mode, the lock screen will reflect that.
  • Ask the seller to reset the phone while you watch.  If they claim they don't remember the password or they're in a rush, these are red flags.

Tips for other smart phones 
  • To check whether or not the phone is stolen, check the IMEI number, before you buy, by opening the dialer and pressing *#06#.  As it can take up to 48 hours for a reported stolen phone to appear on this list, you may wish to meet with the seller after this time has passed.   
Remember, take your time and don't rush into any decisions - if in doubt, walk away.  It's always better to be safe than sorry.