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zootzoot
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Posted: 2006-07-17 00:09
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After years of waiting, dealers and the general public have access to a site that can verify IMEI-barred handsets.

CheckMEND is an online database listing all stolen phones that have been reported to UK networks. By entering the IMEI number of a handset, users can check within seconds that the item has not already been reported stolen or barred in the UK.

Using information held by the police, mobile phone companies and insurers, CheckMEND has compiled a 'hotlist' of 3.8 million stolen items worth over 570m.

Adrian Portlock (right), managing director of CheckMEND, estimates that around 50% of these items are mobile phones. He said: 'Everyone has a mobile and everyone has a view on crime. The idea of CheckMEND is to bring information together in a simple way for the public. We hope to raise even more awareness and reduce the channel for stolen goods'.

The database is used daily by police officers from 46 forces who run around 15,000 checks a week on stolen goods. Commander Allen, head of the violent crime directorate of the Metropolitan Police, said: 'The key strategy is to make stolen property more and more useless. The public have a part to play in this in that they should not take possession of property they believe to be stolen.'

Jack Wraith from the Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum said: 'If all the second-hand phones were checked before being purchased and subsequently not bought, this would equate to approximately 50m taken out of the pockets of criminals'.

Pay to check if that trade-in has been nicked

The Police hope that the public, second-hand traders and auction houses will use the site to check items before making transactions. Traders can set up an account allowing them to make checks costing from 1.00 each, and members of the public can run single checks for 2.99. All checks run online and include a certificate verifying that the item is either authentic or stolen. Sellers on sites like eBay will be able to sell their items with a CheckMEND certificate, which any prospective purchaser can view online for free.

Partners of CheckMEND include The Carphone Warehouse, The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile. Andrew Harrison, UK chief executive of Carphone, said: 'As an industry it is vital for us to take active steps to help reduce mobile phone crime. We will get behind and promote CheckMEND as well as using the system within our organisation to help reduce fraud.'


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awave
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Posted: 2006-07-17 00:13
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this is a very good idea - the number of times i've seen 'phone will not turn on with any uk simcard' or the alike would have been proven by a check such as this before purchasing the thing...

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Sammy_boy
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Posted: 2006-07-17 00:19
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I posted this earlier today! No one seems to have noticed it though

The only problem with this is that they charge you per check, should really be free imho
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awave
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Posted: 2006-07-17 00:22
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On 2006-07-17 00:19:47, Sammy_boy wrote:
I posted this earlier today! No one seems to have noticed it though

The only problem with this is that they charge you per check, should really be free imho




sorry sammyboy that i didnt notice! only just came on

yep...i definately agree that it should be free - and alot cheaper though, but having the service there is a starting point....you have to congratulate them all the way....

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SCORPIONKING1982
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Posted: 2006-07-17 00:29
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Cant believe they charge for it, something like this should be free if they really want it to make an impact.

also i notices O2 werent mentioned in the list of partners, i wonder why
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Sammy_boy
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Posted: 2006-07-17 00:36
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@awave - don't worry, no problem!

Yes, it's better than nothing, and sellers can have a certificate when selling a phone to prove it's not blacklisted.
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max_wedge
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Posted: 2006-07-17 01:22
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If you are australian you can check if your mobile is blacklisted for free:

check imei status


Here's another useful site:
http://www.numberingplans.com/?page=analysis&sub=imeinr

Any country can use this site to check some details about your sim, imei and phone number. This service can tell you what phone your imei SHOULD be associated with - if the model they report is different to yours you may have a stolen mobile. It may not have been reported stolen, so the imei may not be blocked by the operators.

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