Is it safe to give out Service Number?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by fatlard, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. fatlard

    fatlard New Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I am selling a Tivo Lifetime on eBay. A bidder is requesting a service number to verify Lifetime and TivoHd transfer capability.. Is it safe to give out the Servnice Number?
  2. RoyK

    RoyK New Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    SW VA
    I wouldn't. If the bidder has your service number he can transfer the service to another unit without your permission. Even more of a problem if the box has one of the lifetime subscriptions eligible for transfer to a HD box.

    Instead you can verify the status yourself at TiVo and give the bidder a guarantee if you wish.
  3. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    People give out service numbers all the time. I wouldn't worry.
  4. fatlard

    fatlard New Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Thanks! I sent screen shot with half of the TSN blacked out.
  5. brnscofrnld

    brnscofrnld where is this place?

    Mar 29, 2005
    NW. DC.
    Thats what I would have suggested, Maybe even give him the final 5 numbers and a screen shot with the rest blanked out. I do agree with RoyK on how easy it is to transfer service from one TIVO to another.
  6. JustAllie

    JustAllie Number crunchin'

    Jan 4, 2002
    Arlington, VA
    Block out the last few digits, not the first few -- the first few can be inferred from the particular TiVo model you have.
  7. funtoupgrade

    funtoupgrade New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    Today this is not as easy at this poster implies. TiVo wants either the exact name and email address of the account holder for the lifetime unit, or they want to see that the requestor has in fact called in on the lifetime TiVo. If you are going to give out the number I would make sure the email address for the TiVo account is something considerably different than the email address you use for eBay. If the person wanting the number was really going to use it to check on the TiVo in question, blocking out some of the numbers does not really help him, since it is easy to have any TiVo temporarily say lifetime on system info screen and not really have lifetime on the unit. I would hope that is what the potential buyer is trying to avoid.
  8. danieljanderson

    danieljanderson Proud to preach TiVo

    Nov 18, 2002
    How is this possible?
    I just bought a lifetime unit.
    I hope I didn't get screwed.
  9. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

    May 21, 2004
    Not that I would, but how can one do that? :confused:
  10. GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

    Sep 21, 2005
    Well, photoshop for one... :)

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