AT&T NEEDS to blacklist unpaid phones..
Why don't they?
They are enabling a huge fraud industry.
I've seen or researched each part of the fraudulent supply chain.
First..fraud caller center calls unsuspecting people and says issue with their AT&T service and it is frozen. They need the last 4 of social to go into account and fix. Person is then transferred and call dropped.
Using that plus other info, fraud ring orders phones on that account they accessed, and has it shipped to them.
Phones then sold to "resellers" who are on eBay, OfferUp, Craigslist, etc.
One seller told me he buys these things in bulk.
The listing might be "honest" and say "financed", or not. They will say it is permanently AT&T locked. Well, sure a new phone is .but if its paid off, you can request an unlock code by law.
They will ALL say the phone is new, but they opened to take photos and remove "their" SIM card..some say the box is sealed.(.what do they need it for if new, sealed phone...think) and box IS still sealed at time of sale, but they will open and remove the SIM before shipping to you.
Why? That sim is tied to whatever account the phone is still on an installment plan with..probably unkown to the account owner.
Shut these theiving/fraudulent rings down by blacklisting unpaid phones.