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Standard recommendation, as per factory guidance, is to replace the motherboard when faced with a supervisor (aka BIOS) password. However, I'm not exactly sure that is what you are seeing. Typically, when the BIOS password is set and the CMOS battery goes dead (or is momentarily disconnected), the next time the system is booted you are presented with a lock icon on the screen; no such wording of "system has been tampered with" should occur.
If you can post a link to a picture of your boot screen, that might help. This forum does not allow uploading images so you should host the picture(s) elsewhere (any free image hosting service can do) and then post a link to those images.
A general reminder when receiving a 'new' Thinkpad: The first thing to do is to see if you can access the BIOS. If you are presented with the lock icon and you weren't given the BIOS password by the seller, then return the system ASAP and get your money back.
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