We all know it's against the rules to post about stolen phones but the forums are littered with people making up stories to explain why they need to know if the ESN is valid or how to circumvent it without calling the phone company. I always find it quite amusing whenever I see posts like the following: "Um, my sister gave me her old Thunderbolt and I'm not sure if I can use it but I don't want to bother Verizon. Can anyone help?" "I got a great deal on a used Droid X! I can't call Verizon because my roommate got his account disabled and they have my apartment land line number blocked. Can you help me find out if the ESN is de-activated. . ." "My old phone was a D2 and I switched to an X. I just dropped my X and it's broken so I need to switch back to my D2. Um, it won't work even though I deactivated it before. Verizon won't help me and stuff so can someone like tell me how to activate my old phone." Those were made up but very similar to multiple posts I've read. Do you have any favorite examples you've recently read?