How to check if a phone has been reported lost or stolen

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Avoid purchasing a blocked phone

If you’re looking at buying a second-hand phone you can check to see if it’s been reported as lost or stolen through the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) website.

How it works

  1. When a phone is lost or stolen, the user of the phone can request to block the phone through their mobile carrier
  2. Vodafone and other Australian carriers have an agreement so that blocked phones can’t be used on each other’s networks
  3. The AMTA operate a website so you can search by a phone’s IMEI to see if it has been reported lost or stolen

Step-by-step guide

Step 1

Before you can check a phone’s status, you will need its IMEI. This is a 15 digit number that identifies the phone. Check our ‘How-to’ guide for more information.

Step 2

Visit the AMTA website and click the link to check the IMEI.

Step 3

Enter the IMEI number of the phone to check its status.

Important information

  • The AMTA website will only list phones that have been IMEI blocked at the time you conduct the search and the list is not conclusive. A phone’s IMEI may be blocked by the owner at a later stage so you should request proof of ownership from the seller before purchase
  • Only the owner who reported the phone lost or stolen can request to remove an IMEI block. This is requested though the carrier with whom they made the report
  • If a blocked phone has been purchased through a police auction house, you’ll need to supply Vodafone with the receipt of purchase from the police auction to have the IMEI bar removed

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