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Stupid Credit Card Thief

Some idiot named "John" ordered flower arrangements that he sent to two women on the same day, at the same time, from the same vendor with my credit card, while my wife and I were in the air flying home from Las Vegas to Texas. Here's what the moron wrote to the woman named, "Marie B*******":

I am sending this to show you how much you mean to me. I really cant [sic] wait to meet you in person. John.

Here's what the moron wrote to the woman named, "Laurie W********":

I am sending this to show you how much you mean to me. I really cant [sic] wait to meet you in person. John.

We requested the bill from Amex, which included not only the above sentiments, but the addresses and names to which and to whom these floral arrangements were supposed to be delivered. (They happen to both be in Arizona).

Because Amex has refused to remove the nearly $200 worth of charges after "their investigation," it's time for Frank Beckwith, internet sleuth, to kick into high gear.

I will not only remedy this financial wrong, I may save two damsels from a first class jerk. Wish me luck!

Update
: It only took me about 61 minutes--with the help of google, online county property and business records (in Maricopa and Yavapai) as well as the Mac white pages widget--to find Marie's real address and phone number as well as Laurie's email address, real address, and place of employment. Neither one apparently lives alone. It looks like Marie lives with her husband and Laurie with a man that does not share her last name. Why couldn't the Amex "investigators" do this? I already emailed Laurie. I plan on calling Marie tomorrow.

Comments (8)

This could be fun. I wanna help.

Seems like everyone wants to be you these days.

Best of luck, Frank.

Is AmEx really that unreasonable?

How did he get the credit card number? Maybe I should be more hesitant to order stuff on-line! They always say, "Sign in with our secure server." Hmmm.

"Let me be Frank with you, Marie..."

Coincidentally, my credit card number was stolen just a few weeks ago. The charge was billed to a (bogus-looking) website in Israel that apparently triggered an automatic flag, which resulted in the company actually contacting me within 1 day to determine whether the charge was mine (obviously not).

I'm somewhat surprised that AmEx is being so difficult though perhaps they're taking a hard line because of the rise in payment delinquencies. Good luck.


Maybe I should be more hesitant to order stuff on-line! They always say, "Sign in with our secure server." Hmmm.

There are so many ways to get hold of a credit card number that I don't know if ordering on-line increases your risk that much (assuming you follow ordinary precautions). It seems to me that it's the number of different businesses that gain access to your number when you make charges (and your number is recorded on their computers regardless of how you give it to them) that really increases your risk. Some credit cards have the option of creating virtual numbers, but I've read that they are easily overcome by manually submitting the claim.

I love this, your great. Not only are you doing something to rectify your situation but your also trying to help someone else. Your the man Frank.

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