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International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) is a unique number used to identify mobile phones.

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Have there been duplicate IMEI numbers?

Have there ever been reported cases of duplicate IMEI numbers, whether un-intentional or deliberate? Link to the Wikipedia description of the IMEI number or International Mobile Equipment Identity ...
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Is there such a thing as an "IMEI Watchlist"?

Some months ago, I was the target of attackers who had gained access to my phone service provider account and ordered a phone under my name, with the intent to intercept it when it was delivered. ...
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Reporting dual sim phone stolen [closed]

A burglar took my phone so I reported it to the police and phone company to blacklist it. They only asked for the first IMEI even though the phone has two IMEI since it can accomodate two SIMs. The ...
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How do "track a phone location by IMEI" websites and apps work

There are some websites and apps promising (I have not tested their claims, just accidentially saw such a service on some website about phones and apps for them) to show phone location on a map given ...
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What is the impact of someone accidentally getting my IMEI number from my Android phone? [duplicate]

I have a concern regarding how risky it is if someone knows or has the copy of my 2 IMEI numbers. As we all know, on Android phones, the IMEI are at the back cover of the phone like a sticker. So, my ...
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What should i do if i gave someone my imei number? Is there anything I can do to make if safer?

I lost my phone yesterday, and today, I went to imei.info to file a lost report. However, after filing the report, I'm starting to doubt what i just did. Because i chanced upon a remark that imei.info ...
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Is it possible to block the government from seeing my IMEI?

Is it possible to mask my IMEI on my device? I know the government is used to track the phones via IMEI. I am interested in just blocking carriers/providers to view my IMEI when I am having an issue ...
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Can a website see my specific device? [duplicate]

I was suspended from a particular website. Can a website see my specific device? If I reset my device and connect to public wifi, can a website know I've visited it before? Can he see my IMEI and ...
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How to spoof IMEI/SIM location?

Once you plug it into a phone and power it on, the IMEI number of the phone and the SIM's serial number will be transmitted to the nearest cell tower(s). source Is there a way to spoof the location ...
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my friend stolen my imei number using this he can get my phone persona data? [duplicate]

He stolen my imei number and even he knows my phone number. Using this can he get my any information such as call details, whats app messages and other phone activity???
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My friend has stolen my IMEi number. Through this can he get my any data like whats app message, old history of Facebook login details? [duplicate]

My friend has stolen my IMEi number. Through this can he get my any personal data like whats app message, Calls records, old history of Facebook login details??
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Security and privacy concerns about "IMEI check" websites

I know there are few questions about the risk of IMEI with various answers from rare risk to none. But my question is regarding the kind of websites that provide IMEI check services for free with some ...
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Can cellphone towers triangulation work in 3D or is it 2D only (e.g. longitude/latitude)

So, Most of us understand that cellphone towers are constantly listening for cellphone broadcasts and we also know that triangulation is possible (even retro-actively, as connection records are ...
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How can you check if a phone number was recently moved? (To mitigate SIM swapping)

I know never to use phone number as a sole or backup authentication factor. But if a customer forgets their password, and I want to use information they know about their account alongside access to ...
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What IMEI(s) does an ISP get in case I use a mobile hotspot to connect my laptop to the web?

I found out today that ISPs get the IMEI code of any device connected to them. See a (very old) reference here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4738219.stm I was hence wondering: in case I ...
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Is a USB dongle with an active 3/4G data SIM trackable?

Let's say I buy a second-hand USB dongle and put in a pre-paid and unregistered data SIM card. At the time of the purchase of both items, my face was covered, I paid cash and I live 500 miles from the ...
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How to detect new device in Android?

I'd like to notify my users if a login happens from a new device. Like Google does for Gmail logins. Android ID and IMEI usage for tracking is discouraged by google. How can I track devices without ...
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Why don't smartphone manufactures write the IMEI onto one time writable ROM so that it can't be tampered with? [closed]

The title says it all basically. Even now, why is tampering IMEI possible at all? Shouldn't manufactures be using one time writable memory to embed IMEI into phones? Why don't they?
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How secure are IMEI numbers?

I recently had my phone stolen (Galaxy S8) and have done the following: Wiped it remotely Reported the theft to network operator, who have allegedly blocked the IMEI I have tried searching for ...
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Tracking an IMEI or device from an IP address

If I access a website and complete an online form using 3G on my iphone, can my actual phone be traced back to the IP address? For example if the website can see what IP address was used, how easy is ...
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What are the real world risks of sharing your device and network information with advertisers?

I am trying to decide whether to keep this new fitness tracker that I bought for $70. Great deal - until I found out that I'm paying for it with my personal data. How risky is is to share MAC ...
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Can a smartphone be accessed only by knowing its IMEI?

I have an old smartphone that I want to use only as a media player/portable radio/voice recorder. It doesn’t have a SIM card and it’s not connected to WiFi. I am curious however can the files on it ...
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Can someone who knows my IMEI number hack me if I use their Wi-Fi?

Can someone who knows my IMEI number compromise my mobile and access my social media accounts when I am connected to their Wi-Fi?
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Can SIM card be locked to the specific equipment?

I'm curious if SIM card can be "personalized" to operate only in the specified mobile equipment in addition to usual PIN security. So the SIM extracted from "legitimate" phone and placed into ...
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I used 10minutemail and my own phone number, is there a risk?

I created a twitter account and used 10minuteemail, then twitter said my account was having automated behaviour, so I searched a temporary fake number to use but for the sake of lazyness I just put my ...
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Can the police track my phone even if I remove the SIM card?

If the Police have your mobile phone number then I understand they can track your mobile phone. Now, I understand the mobile phone number is linked to the sim card but if you simply change the sim ...
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Microsoft support asking me for my phone IMEI?

I just contacted Microsoft support on my Lumia phone via the preinstalled "Contact Support" app, about an issue of the language of comments on apps in the Store being in the wrong language (different ...
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