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    Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    About a week ago I found a Galaxy S3 outside of work, it's unlocked and completely clean (as in either never used or someone factory reset). Obviously I can find the number that once belonged to the phone by going through the settings.

    I've sent a text to the number on the phone and no reply. Can I sell this phone legally?

    I've read online that even found phones are still techincally the property of the owner and the phone companies have records of phones that have been reported lost or stolen and you can get in trouble for selling the phone even if you found it and it wasn't stolen.

    Any experts out there? Thoughts?



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    If you found it at work, bring it in to the front desk.



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Don't be a dirtbag. Return the phone.



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    If there is any text history, try sending a reply to a few recent texts and ask if they know who's phone this is. Hopefully the owner's name will show up on someone's phone.



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Quote Originally Posted by klamath632 View Post
    Don't be a dirtbag. Return the phone.
    He's from Lincoln, probably can't help it. ;)



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    You are required to turn it into the police who will wait for someone to claim it. After a time, if it is not claimed, it will legally be yours.


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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Legally I don't know but morally this is a pretty simple decision. Sending a text to the number doesn't quite meet the "try to return it to the owner" standard IMO. Depending on the owner (however unlikely with an S3) they might not have a clue how to get to a text.

    The other thing to do would be take it into Verizon/US Cellular/etc. and let them handle tracking the person down. It might be someone who owes them money so they'll keep it or it could be someone who turned their phone in as stolen. They'll be able to track down the owner with the MEIN or SIM card.



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Check serial/id with phone compqny as I am sure it has been reported stolen lost or they can at least 8dentify the previous owner. If nothing report serial # to police to see if they have a report. I lost/had stolen my galaxy note 2 in muscatine a week ago last friday. It sucked I lost all kinds of pics and stuff I was saving and learned protect cell sucks. Having said that they can find the phine by remotely turning on the gps so if it isnt yours turn it in. If nobody claims it the police will give it you After a while.



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Quote Originally Posted by Psiclone View Post
    You are required to turn it into the police who will wait for someone to claim it. After a time, if it is not claimed, it will legally be yours.
    What he said.



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    How is this really a question?


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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    of course you cant, that would make you a thief. How is that a question. If you found it outside of work its probably a co worker or customer (dont know where you work). Step one for a logical person is to tell the people at your work. Step two would be turn it in to the PoPo.



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    I found this wallet. After I threw away the IDs, I couldn't tell who it belonged to. Is it my money now? Can I use the credit cards?


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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    I found this wallet. After I threw away the IDs, I couldn't tell who it belonged to. Is it my money now? Can I use the credit cards?
    The credit cards have a name on them so no.

    The cash in it on the other hand is yours to keep.



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Hey guys, I found a car that was just sitting unlocked on my street last week, can I legally sell it?



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    Re: Can I Legally Sell Found Phone??

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    How is this really a question?

    It contains a question mark.



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