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I bought a laptop from a person whom I did not know, and I am beginning to suspect it might’ve been stolen, how do I track who owned it before.

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Hey Hallito,

Contact HP Support immediately: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/contact.html

 

Your local police department may also be able to track it if it was reported as stolen.

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Hallito,

 

Welcome to the HP Forum.

 

I am sorry this may have happened to you. 

 

Notebooks are not like Apples -- they are not registered on the internet with their serial numbers and as such they are harder to track down once they are away from their rightful owners.

 

You can call HP -- I somewhat doubt whether HP can help you by providing personal information on a computer that may have been owned by someone else.  HP is not allowed to hand out that kind of information to individuals.  HP would cooperate with the Police if they were to ask the same questions.  Still, you could ask.

 

Contact HP - Worldwide

 

Contact HP – USA - Phone Assistance

 

 

Whomever lost the notebook may have reported it to the Police in his / her community.

 

If the notebook has within it Anti-theft security software, then the notebook may broadcast it's location to the software company when the system is next allowed to connect to the Internet.  Lo-Jack works in this way.  Just a note:  Resintalling the Operating System does NOT get rid of the Anti-Theft software as it is deeply embedded and is built to withstand most attempts to dig it out.

 

If you are interested in getting this notebook back to its rightful owner, and you are in the USA, you may contact your local Law Enforcement.  I cannot judge the impact of contacting Law Enforcement outside of this country ; there could be unforeseen consequences in some locations for this brave act.

 

If the notebook is listed as stolen, that information, along with the notebook's serial number may be available in the Police Database. 

 

Understand that if you do contact Law Enforcement and the notebook is, in fact, listed as stolen, you will at the least lose possession of the stolen property.   You may have to answer questions about how you obtained the notebook and you might be asked to give a description of whomever sold you the computer.

 

It is the right thing to do, regardless of who owned it previously.  If the previous owner was a vicious terrorist, then all the more reason to get rid of the property and let the Police deal with it.

 

Regardless of WHAT you decide, protect your safety.

 

Good Luck!

 

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Thanks Dragon-Fur for the thorough writeup!

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