It's a long story - but basically I was doing some work for a guy over the internet (making some content for his website) and he said he'd pay me by buying me stuff on Amazon. He asked me the top 5 things I wanted and so I answered with things everyone wants like iPads, and iMac and a big TV. I didn't know he'd actually order them (I gave him my address earlier so he could ship whatever payment to me).
I thought "Oh well - what's the worst that could happen?" and then it struck me that the card could be stolen. I did some talking to people, and apparently he has done this twice before. Once legitimately (apparently), and the other using a stolen card (apparently).
I'm sure that if around £5K worth of stuff comes to my doorstep and the card company finds out that the card was stolen - I'll be to blame. I've contacted Mastercard about the issue and I asked Amazon to investigate the situation - but I'm not really sure that they are actually looking into it (Amazon seemed to almost ignore my request and I haven't had a response from Mastercard).
Any advice? (I don't want to get in any trouble for it - but if the items are legitimate then I will of course happily accept them).
My plan at the moment is to take the packages - but leave them boxed up in a corner for a few months so that if anything goes wrong I can just say "Aha - I was suspicious so I kept them boxed up, here you go - have them back". I'm not sure if this'll actually help me out of trouble at all though :/
Your strategy on keeping the items in the box is the best thing to do right now. If both Amazon and Mastercard give you no help at all I'd recommend going to the police. Amazon and Mastercard are forced to listen to the police (at least in this case they are) and are much more likely to do so than toward you (even though that's not how it's supposed to be).
There's not much else you can do here other than what you are doing right now. If after 2 months haven't had a clear response or repossession of the items than you can take the items out of there boxes (at least I would). Just make sure that you collect as much evidence about you contacting Amazon and Mastercard. If than the police comes knocking on your door thinking you stole the items than you can prove you're not guilty.
answered May 03 '11 at 15:58
nothing happen dear if the card were stolen then nothing comes to you they stop shipping if it comes then its means its legitimate
answered May 03 '11 at 15:51
Just because the merchandise arrives does not guarantee that the card wasn't stolen. Someone used our credit card to make a purchase from Newegg last year. The perpetrator had stolen enough information about my husband to register the card for "Verified by Visa", thus slipping through whatever validation Newegg had. I would recommend reporting it to the police immediately if you receive anything from this person, and never agree to this sort of deal again.
answered May 03 '11 at 16:12