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I have a possible stolen computer, and I'm trying to see if I can locate it's owner by the serial #

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You might notify the police or the manufacturer, giving as many of the particulars as possible. Posting the data here will serve no purpose. If the computer is not password protected, you may be able to get the owners name and maybe the town, maybe other data if you find letters etc.

Thank you for doing the right thing in trying to return the computer to its owner.

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How do I search for a gun using the serial number


Follow these five steps:
    • 1 Locate the serial number for the gun you want to check. If you are purchasing a gun or checking one that is already in your possession, you can check the documentation that came with the gun. In many cases, the serial number will be noted in the owner's manual. If you don't have the owner's manual you will need to locate the serial number on the body of the gun. The serial number is usually located on the handle or inside the gun, but this does vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
    • 2 Contact a reputable gun dealer in your area and ask them to run a serial number search for you if you're looking to buy a gun from a private party. In most cases, the dealer will charge you a small fee for this service. However, this is often the fastest, simplest method. Many gun dealers will be able to give you basic records about where and when the gun was registered.
    • 3 Check your local department of law enforcement's website to see if you can run an online gun serial number search. Some states do not maintain a database that individuals can access, so this method may not work in all areas. If you can't find the database, contact a law enforcement representative and ask if an online gun serial number search can be performed in your state.
    • 4 Contact your local police department or sheriff's office to run a gun serial number search if you are looking to purchase a pre-owned gun from a dealer. Police records will indicate whether the gun has been used in a crime or has been reported lost or stolen. Checking the serial number with the police department or sheriff's office is beneficial if you're considering buying a gun from a dealer because they can quickly check whether a gun was used for a crime or reported stolen in all states using the national ATF database.
    • 5 Check the Gun Verify database if you are purchasing a pre-owned firearm from a dealer or individual to make sure that it is not stolen. Gun Verify is a user-based database, meaning gun owners input their own information if their gun is lost or stolen.



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How do i check a serial number


Unfortunately there is no central database or system for this sort of thing.

It is possible (but extremely unlikely) that you could contact Sony customer support and tell them your concerns and supply the serial number. If the original owner registered their device it is remotely possible that Sony could contact them and inquire if the device was sold, stolen or reported missing. However not everyone registers their devices and if it was never registered this wouldn't work.

This is an extreme longshot, however, unless you are talking about a professional studio camera worth tens of thousands of dollars. It is highly doubtful that Sony would want to get involved in tracking down the legitimate owner of a standard consumer device.

Another option is to call the police department (probably where the seller is located) and inquire if that device with that serial number has been reported as stolen.

If you are buying a used item and have even the slightest doubt about it being stolen the best advice is do not buy it. Buying a stolen device is an arrestable offense (Receiving Stolen Property) and, although unlikely, you could get in trouble for it if there was an investigation or the seller got arrested subsequently.

A price that is "too good to be true" is a bad sign. Trust your gut and, even though it might be something you really want, avoid it if it seems questionable.

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Even if you restore the device to factory settings and clear the previous owners settings, images etc from the device the device will still have the same serial number which apple or the previous owner may be able to trace when the device goes to register online (something it will need to do to access the itunes store).

There are also apps which allow owners of stolen devices to take a photo of whomever is holding their device which they can then bring to the police along with the GPS location settings showing where the device is.

Of course, if the previous owner had the device set up to upload images to their cloud account images you have taken of you, your friends and surroundings may already be in their possession......

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Questions: if the device is indeed stolen,

1 - do you really want to answer to the police why you are in possession of a stolen device?

2- if it was your ipad that had been stolen, wouldn't you appreciate someone helping you get it back?

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My ps-3 was stolen the cops called me today and said they found one and thought it was mine and asked me to identify. i did and they brought it to me to verify it . the serial # is missing off the ps-3 . i...


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Unfortunately the only location of the serial number on the console is on the barcode located on the back down near the TV outputs.

The serial is not accessible in the system menu and does not display under system information. The only other possiblity is to talk to Sony and ask them if they have a means of identifying the serial by pulling it out of memory somehow to verify that this unit actually matches the serial you have.

To be honest if the serial sticker has been removed I would imagine it should be up to Police to follow this up with Sony as they have a responsibility to ensure the unit is returned to its correct owner.

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