A Rossen Reports investigation airing on TODAY Wednesday looked into whether cash-for-ATMs popping up in malls around the country may be making it easier for criminals to profit off your stolen phone.
If your phone is stolen: Report it to the police and your wireless carrier immediately. Police say it’s helpful to have your phone’s serial number, a unique identifier called a IMEI or MEID, to track down the phone.
If you have an iPhone, you can find instructions for retrieving your serial number on Apple’s support page. For other types of devices, contact your wireless provider. If your phone is stolen and you don’t have the serial number, you can always get it from your wireless carrier.