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Topic # 5286 16-Oct-2005 06:33
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I have recently come across a stolen laptop, but I have no idea what to do to make it look "not hot". I've already reinstalled the OS ( WinXP) and I assume I have to change the serial number and maybe something else, but have no idea how to go about that. Please help!

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Reply # 21565 16-Oct-2005 07:15
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To make it 'not hot', take it to police, you'll feel better, the owner will feel better and the police will be impressed. Your parents will feel proud and I will feel better because you are contributing to a better humanity and also you will be helping keep insurance premiums down which will make your community feel better.

Keep it and you will be forever looking over your shoulder.

I have had a laptop stolen years ago - it dont feel good.

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Reply # 21567 16-Oct-2005 08:05
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There's no other way to make it not hot, than to take it to the police. Receiving stolen goods is a crime in all countries I know of. It is the same as receiving a stolen car - changing its engine serial number will not change the fact.


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Reply # 21572 16-Oct-2005 10:21

what makes it worse is you know its stolen,
possession of stolen goods is a crime I believe and it is stupid to admit you have something stolen in your posession on here,

people who buy stolen goods drive the theft of those goods, because people steal to make a quick buck, insurance premiums rise as does crime

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Reply # 21585 16-Oct-2005 19:03
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Give it back to the owner if you know who it is, or take it to the police station.
I am locking this thread.

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