I have been thinking about selling a Kindle Fire HD that I purchased a few months ago and just don't use too often. During the sales process I had a buyer ask for the serial number; which set off my internal scam alerts. In an effort to ease my concern of what might happen, I chatted with Amazon and they informed me that your Kindle can in fact be blacklisted with only the serial number details of your kindle.
If you too get this same or similar request from a kindle sale on ebay, craigslist, etc - Here's the reply I gave my buyer.
"I asked Amazon about your serial number request and they informed me that it is possible to claim the kindle as lost or stolen with the serial number. While I am happy to meet you in person somewhere in YourCityNameHere so you can see the Kindle working, I am not willing to risk giving out the serial number at this point. Hopefully you can appreciate the risk associated to blindly giving out this information, I want to be able to sell the Kindle in the future."
Me: I am trying to sell my kindle on craigslist and a buyer is asking for the serial numner. Would the potential buyer be able to get the kindle flagged as lost or stolen with this information?
Vaibhav: Hello, my name is Vaibhav, I'll be happy to help you.
Me: I don't want to worry about negative repercussions from providing a serial number for the device I am selling.
Vaibhav: MyName, you are correct. They can report the kindle as a lost or stolen kindle.
Me: In that scenario, would the kindle be blacklisted in some way so that it cannot be used?
Me: To confirm, all amazon requires is a serial number to report a kindle as lost or stolen and the device will become unusable?
Vaibhav: Yes. With a serial number they can blacklist the kindle.
Me: Ok. Thank you for confirming this for me.
Vaibhav: You're welcome, Is there anything else I can do for you today?
Me: No, I just wanted to be sure about what they could do with this information should I provide it to them.
Vaibhav: No, you should not provide the serial number of the kindle.
Thanks for visiting Amazon.com. We hope to see you again soon!
Have a good day ahead MyName!
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