How to Block a Stolen or Lost Phone with a Safaricom Line

Countless people lose their phones every day either due to misplacement or thieves. Unfortunately, since our phones have grown to be a very intricate part of our lives, a stolen phone may mean incurring huge financial loses or worse getting wrongfully implicated in criminal activity.

Unlike in the past, phones nowadays are not merely stolen to be sold to unsuspecting customers. The culprits will usually withdraw or transfer any money in your M-PESA account to themselves before disposing off the phone.

If that's not enough, they may go as far as to taking mobile loans on your behalf from services such as M-Shwari, KCB-MPESA or loan apps such as Branch and Tala leaving you in debt and a likely poor credit rating in the CRB down the road.

And as for your longstanding loyalty to Safaricom, they will be sure to may make good use of it by transferring or redeeming your accumulated Bonga Points.

The good news however is that all this doesn't have to happen to you. To make sure of this you'll  need to be prompt at getting your Safaricom line blocked as well as your phone. After the SIM card is blocked you can always replace it with a new one having the same number.

Step 1: Block the Safaricom Line

block phone sim card

To block your Safaricom SIM card from any use, you'll need to contact the Safaricom customer care and report the matter. They'll ask a few questions such as your ID number to confirm whether you're the actual owner of the number.

You can reach the customer care by calling them for free on 100 (Prepay) or 200 (Postpay) on another Safaricom line. For chargeable lines, you may call them on +254 722 002100 (prepaid) or +254 722 002200 (postpay).

Alternatively, you can reach them through the following additional channels:

Step 2: Report the Incident to the Police

After blocking your line, go to the nearest Police station and report the stolen or missing phone. You'll get a Police Abstract after filing the report.

Step 3: Block the Phone

Blocking the phone will ensure no SIM card can be used on the phone including those from other mobile network operators.

To do this, you'll need to know the IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of your missing phone. This number is usually retrieved by dialling *#06# on your phone or by checking underneath your phone battery compartment.

Since this is not possible, you'll have to find your IMEI in one of the following ways:

1. Phone Box
If you still have with you the box with which you purchased the phone in, you'll usually find the IMEI printed on its side or on a sticker.

2. Via Safaricom Selfcare Portal
Go to Safaricom Selfcare Portal and login into your account. After logging in, select Product and Services from the menu then go to Operations > Phone > Block Phone.

In the Block Phone page, you'll find a list of IMEIs of all the phones that you've used your SIM card with recently. Note the respective IMEI of the missing phone.

After finding the IMEI, take it with you along with the Police Abstract to the nearest Safaricom shop and put the request to block phone.

How to Block the Phone via the Safaricom Selfcare Portal

You can also put a request to block the phone via the Selfcare Portal if you cannot access a Safaricom shop near you. To do this:

1. Go to the Selfcare Portal and log into your account.

2. In the menu select Product and Services then navigate to Operations > Phone > Block Phone.

3. In the Block Phone page, select the IMEI of the missing phone, below it the reason for blocking then download and print the block phone template word document. Fill the document then scan and save it with the name Bar Form.

4. Next scan your National ID and the Police Abstract and save it with the name Police Abstract.

5. Attach the three documents followed by a phone number to be contacted on. Once you're done click the Block Phone button to complete the request.

Step 4: Tracking the Phone

Safaricom will not track a stolen or missing phone for you. To do that you'll have to report the case to the CID for tracking.

Kelvin is a blogger and registered nutritionist based in Nairobi. Passionate about writing and helping people find solutions, he's been actively blogging since 2014 on tech, nutrition and "pseudo poetry". Follow him on Twitter or YouTube to get updates on his content and projects.

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