How to Check If a Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Is Lost or Stolen?

By Leigh Wittman

Before purchasing a Verizon Wireless cell phone from anywhere other than a Verizon Wireless store, ensure that the cell phone has not been declared lost or stolen. Purchasing a lost or stolen cell phone will result in you paying for a useless device because cell phones that have been declared lost or stolen cannot be activated. Luckily, checking to see if a Verizon Wireless cell phone has been declared lost or stolen is an easy process and should only require a few minutes.

How to Check If a Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Is Lost or Stolen?

Step 1

Obtain the Electronic Serial Number (ESN) of the Verizon Wireless cell phone that you want to ensure has not been declared lost or stolen. The ESN is a unique number that identifies this phone from all other cell phones, similar to a serial number on a dollar bill. The ESN of most Verizon cell phones is located on the back of the phone underneath the battery.

Step 2

Contact Verizon Wireless's customer service. Making a telephone call is the best way to see if the Verizon cell phone you are interested in has been declared lost or stolen. You can dial *611 from any Verizon Wireless cell phone to reach customer service, or call (800) 922-0204.

Step 3

Provide the ESN of the cell phone to the customer service representative. The representative should be able to look up the ESN and tell you if that phone has been declared lost or stolen.