If your BlackBerry has been stolen, or you suspect a particular BlackBerry is not legitimate, check its International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number to verify if your assumptions are correct. All cellphones have an IMEI number that is linked to that specific phone. This unique identifier is between 15 to 17 digits long. Check the IMEI number against a few databases.
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Visit the IMEI search website and type in the BlackBerry's IMEI number. Verify that the information listed for the BlackBerry is accurate. If not, write down the inconsistencies and contact your phone provider.
Go the IMEI blacklist database and enter the IMEI number of the BlackBerry in the "IMEI" stolen database search box. If you find that the IMEI number is on a stolen database list, turn the BlackBerry in to your local authorities.
Check with a variety of mobile phone providers and verify that the IMEI number on the BlackBerry was not reported stolen.
Contact your local police and ask if the IMEI number is in the agency's database for lost or stolen items.
Tips and warnings
- You must know the IMEI number of the BlackBerry phone you want to track. To locate the IMEI, click "Options" from the home screen, then click "Status" or "Device" based on the model of the BlackBerry. Write down the number next to "IMEI." Click "Device and Status Information" if this option is given, then write down the IMEI number. If you cannot turn the BlackBerry phone on to locate the IMEI, look on the sticker underneath the battery.
- Turn on Global Positioning System (GPS) location services to increase the chances of recovering your BlackBerry if stolen. Press the "Menu" key on a map on the phone, click "Options" and select the "GPS Device" field. Press the "Menu" key, then click "Save."
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