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Why do people hide the serial # in photos of for sale instruments?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ladave, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. ladave

    ladave Tele-Meister

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    Only reason I can think of is because they're afraid it might be stolen and they don't want it taken back by the rightful owner.

    Similarly why do people hide their license plates in photos of their cars/motorcycles? Are they not aware that every body can see those every time they drive in public?

    What am I missing? I didn't get the memo.
     

  2. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2005
    N. Cal.
    Some folks worry about scams - someone taking the photos and trying to fake a sale on line.
     

  3. adamsappel

    adamsappel Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    It also can prevent scammers from having a genuine serial number to create a fake decal or neck plate.
     

  4. kafka

    kafka Tele-Meister

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    To prevent scammers from calling the police and claiming it was stolen from them. Even if the odds are significantly against it happening, and if there's zero chance of them getting something from you, it's not a situation you'd want to deal with. Just blur the digits, and anyone who tries anything is going to have to guess.
     

  5. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Betcha anything I can cause some serious doubt if I know your serial and model, color, etc, and the town you live in. If I were so inclined, I could claim theft, and that I found the culprit trying to sell my guitar online - YOU. Might not work, but it would be a hassle.

    If I think of it, I blank the last couple of digits, and only provide the serial to interested parties. Mostly I don't think of it.
     
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  6. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    Even an old fart in the woods knows when and where to prevent potential scammers. Just sayin'
     
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  7. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Same reason YOU don't pass around your SSN.
     
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  8. ladave

    ladave Tele-Meister

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    Thanks guys. Makes sense...can't be too careful anymore.
     

  9. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Have fun with it. I've got worse things to worry about.
     
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  10. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Tele-Holic

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    Thanks.....I can use a new credit card.....
     

  11. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2005
    N. Cal.
    Hey! That's my number too...!
     

  12. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Unless you have Medicare. Then the number you've jealously guarded for your whole life, becomes your public ID. I guess they're changing it this year. A bit late!
     

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