Asked by: Lynell Giurca
technology and computing smartphones

Can I keep a phone I found?

Last Updated: 30th January, 2020

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If the owner of the property does not claim it within90days, then the finder can keep it. If your state hassimilarlaws, you likely can keep the phone youfoundas long as you turn it in to the policefirst.

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Also asked, can I sell a phone I found?

No, even if you found a phone and triedtolocate its rightful owner, you should not try selling itonuSell.com. Most times, the owner of the phone hasalreadyreported it as lost or stolen, so buyers cannot resell it.Anyattempt to sell a lost or stolen device is adirectviolation of these Terms.

Also, can I put my SIM card in a phone I found? You can take the SIM card out,putit into another phone, and if someone calls yournumber, thenew phone will ring. You can alsoput adifferent SIM card in your unlockedphone, and yourphone will then work with whateverphone number andaccount is linked to that card. InEurope, almost allphones are GSM.

Thereof, what to do if I found a lost phone?

Do Return the Lost PhoneYouFound! If you find a lost phone, returning itiseasy. If you have the IMEI number, simply contactthecellular service provider and leave your contact info withthem.If you don't have the IMEI, either wait until theycalltheir own phone or you can attempt to bypass thelockpattern.

Is it stealing if you find something?

Theft by finding occurs whensomeonechances upon an object which seems abandoned and takespossessionof the object but fails to take steps to establishwhether theobject is genuinely abandoned and not merely lost orunattended. Insome jurisdictions the crime is called "larceny byfinding" or"stealing by finding".

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