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April 6, 2012 9:38:58 AM

Dear,

I have purchased toshiba 2nd generation laptop 1month ago while moving from one place to another through auto the auto person suddenly jumped with the laptop bag which contains laptop too in it so is there is any possibilties to trace the laptop as i have the warranty and purchase receipt with me..... help me in this issue regarding

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April 6, 2012 10:11:18 AM

Report it stolen to the police.

But no, you're never going to see it again. Sorry.

If you bought it with a credit card, you might have buyer protection that includes theft, so you might be able to get your credit card company to pay for a new one.
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April 6, 2012 11:51:48 AM

erikalikesfire said:
Report it stolen to the police.

But no, you're never going to see it again. Sorry.

If you bought it with a credit card, you might have buyer protection that includes theft, so you might be able to get your credit card company to pay for a new one.


there are many resources to find a missing computer

the blanket statement you get here is very weak

please, just google "stolen laptop" or "missing laptop"

tom, what happend ?
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April 6, 2012 12:46:09 PM

Hello yandranaresh;

erikalikesfire is right. Notify the police.
And the laptop manufacturer too, in case it goes in for service or repair.

There isn't anything you can do to find the stolen laptop without it having a tracking device or tracking software installed before the theft.
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April 6, 2012 2:18:35 PM

ha ha ha ....buy a new. just joking. now a days every laptop has a in-built network card and every card has a unique address on it mac address like we have in mobile phones. So, if that laptop gets connected to the Internet it can be traced to that address. Your hardware manufacturer can give u this address. but the way this companies behave for simple warranty, u wont bother. Moreover this process is near impossible in general circumstances. There are may software available even from open source community for free for tracing( cant remember its name). Next time install one of those. you may go to the police and maybe they will catch the thief. Best thing somehow get ur mac address from up vendor and hire a hacker.
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April 6, 2012 2:26:38 PM

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every laptop has a in-built network card and every card has a unique address on it mac address like we have in mobile phones. So, if that laptop gets connected to the Internet it can be traced to that address.
The MAC address of the NIC is not visible on the internet.
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April 6, 2012 2:29:07 PM

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There are may software available even from open source community for free for tracing( cant remember its name)
http://preyproject.com/
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April 6, 2012 2:50:05 PM

This could be a positive learning experience for you. Provided you have the time and patience, getting the I.P. address of your network card from the retailer you bought the laptop from, you can certainly use a googled program to track down where that laptop is and get it back yourself. Hell, I'd do it just for teh lulz.
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April 6, 2012 2:59:48 PM

Network cards have a MAC address that can only be seen on a local network. The IP address is typically assigned by a DHCP server and is specific to the network it is connected to. Whatever IP address the laptop last used when you had it is not what it will use the next time it is connected to the network. Even software like Lojack has limited use with a smart thief. The first thing they do is do a recovery from the recovery partition so that the laptop has the software and operating system like it was when it was new, no more tracking software.
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April 6, 2012 3:03:15 PM

stingstang said:
getting the I.P. address of your network card from the retailer you bought the laptop from
The IP address is only borrowed from the Internet Service Provider. It's not assigned to a specific network card on the laptop.
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April 6, 2012 3:19:00 PM

People are easier to track than laptops are. I may be mistaken due to your broken English, but my understanding is that you hired a guy to move you and he left with your laptop. This means you should already have his name, and company, which means you can easily get his phone #, address, and other information to track him down.

Go to the cops with the information you have, and contact your credit card company about the purchase being stolen. In all likely hood the credit card company will refund/buy you a new one, and when the cops catch the guy the credit card company will take care of suing his pants off for the cost of the laptop as well as their time to take care of everything.

There is no way you are getting the laptop back, it was likely sold in the first 6 hours and has probably changed hands multiple times by now, so I hope that you didn't have any important personal information on it.
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April 6, 2012 3:30:56 PM

caedenv has offered you the best advise.

I'm surprised the ones who mentioned MAC and IP addresses didn't mention the likelyhood of the thief having regrets or getting his fill of porn and bringing the laptop back to you. They would have had a better chance of being right.
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