Costa Rica enables online check on stolen phones

Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) has introduced a new online service that allows users to verify, before making a purchase, whether a mobile phone is reported stolen and thus avoid scams. People just need to dial *#06# and get the IMEI (identification number of a mobile device), then key in that number on the regulator’s webpage, after which the system will indicate the make and model of the device and alert if it is on the “black list” of reported stolen phones.


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