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Old 09-04-2008, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Durham
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I have an old wireless router that I'm selling on craigslist. Someone has asked me to send them the entire serial # so they can check to see if it works. Is this a scam? Or an honest question from someone who's truly interested in purchasing the router I'm selling?
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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You plug it in to see if it works. Knowing the serial number isn't going to magically tell them whether or not it's functional. Though really, I don't have any clue how knowing the serial number could help them scam you.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Durham
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You plug it in to see if it works. Knowing the serial number isn't going to magically tell them whether or not it's functional. Though really, I don't have any clue how knowing the serial number could help them scam you.
I agree about plugging it in...that's why I think it's strange that I'm being asked for the serial #.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:40 PM
 
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Depends on your router. Some ppl like to replace the firmware with something else. He or she maybe checking the serial number to see if this particular router can be upgraded. It shouldn't be a problem for you to give them the serial number.
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Meeami
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Depends on your router. Some ppl like to replace the firmware with something else. He or she maybe checking the serial number to see if this particular router can be upgraded. It shouldn't be a problem for you to give them the serial number.
ding ding ding. I'd think theyd want the model number too, but some are able to be flashed, and some are better not messed with, thats what they are trying to figure out. (keyword tomato or dd-wrt)
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