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   1. Steal a debit card number. 2. Order stuff like mad, but fail to change the shipping address from the billing address. 3. ???? 4. No profit

07 Jan 2013 07:48 PM   |   9500 clicks   |   Anchorage Daily News
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Ed Finnerty     
When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.

07 Jan 2013 05:44 PM
fusillade762     

Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.


Civil War chess sets, perhaps?

07 Jan 2013 06:50 PM
sno man    [TotalFark]  

fusillade762: Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.

Civil War chess sets, perhaps?


commemorative limited edition coins?

07 Jan 2013 07:23 PM
Ed Finnerty     

sno man: fusillade762: Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.

Civil War chess sets, perhaps?

commemorative limited edition coins?


Anything pewter will do.

07 Jan 2013 07:35 PM
Indubitably     
Busted.

07 Jan 2013 07:50 PM
NightOwl2255     
That dude looks way to happy holding that bat behind her head.

07 Jan 2013 07:51 PM
Girion47     
I'd buy a complete collection of battle beasts.
Link

07 Jan 2013 07:51 PM
Indubitably     

Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.


Ditto.

P.S. Online crime is sort of like, I don't get it anymore. Everything is captured in these packets of busted. It's just a matter of time.

07 Jan 2013 07:52 PM
mat catastrophe     
Happened to a friend of mine who said he received something like 15 pairs of the ugliest farking sneakers imaginable from Zappos or somewhere.

Best part? They were actually his size, so he tried them all on and took pics before returning them.

/CSB
/Not really CSB, 'cause it wasn't me

07 Jan 2013 07:52 PM
Indubitably     

Indubitably: Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.

Ditto.

P.S. Online crime is sort of like, I don't get it anymore. Everything is captured in these packets of busted. It's just a matter of time.


P.P.S. Decrime, please. Thank you.

07 Jan 2013 07:53 PM
vudukungfu    [TotalFark]  
Wait until the sex toys arrive.
I mean..
Never mind.

07 Jan 2013 07:54 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
tried to join a fruit-of-the-month club

I hope the thief gets caught so we can laugh at him.

07 Jan 2013 07:56 PM
Tom_Slick     
When mine was stolen it was used at Home Depot to the tune of $3500.00, I never get anything cool

07 Jan 2013 07:56 PM
Arnprior Joe     
" He also ordered a subscription to USA Today, paid a Vonage bill and tried to join a fruit-of-the-month club.
"

It was just Clark Griswold trying to get his Christmas bonus.

07 Jan 2013 08:00 PM
sno man    [TotalFark]  

ZAZ: tried to join a fruit-of-the-month club

I hope the thief gets caught so we can laugh at him.


I'm still trying to decide if "fruit-of-the-loom of the month club" would be actually funnier or Will Farrell funnier in funny or die bit about this...

07 Jan 2013 08:01 PM
Choo-Choo Bear     
Thinking maybe the thief intended on going back and changing the shipping instructions after the fact. Seems like it was from a bunch of vendors, so unlikely he/she kept making the same mistake again and again.

07 Jan 2013 08:02 PM
bmr68     
The scam when I worked for a brown shipping company was to change the address in transit. It was a very effective scam for a few years.

07 Jan 2013 08:02 PM
Indubitably     

bmr68: The scam when I worked for a brown shipping company was to change the address in transit. It was a very effective scam for a few years.


To package

07 Jan 2013 08:05 PM
steviesgirl777     
The exact same thing happened to us a couple of months ago. I figured the criminals were stupid or it was an aggressive sales technique on the part of the merchants.

07 Jan 2013 08:07 PM
RogermcAllen     
4a. Profit because you own the company where the products were purchased from.
4b. Profit because you own the shipping company

07 Jan 2013 08:07 PM
wildcardjack     
Steal credit card.
Sign in through affiliate links.
Buy items and subscriptions and get % back from affiliate partners.
Profit until multiple incidents are traced back to your affiliate link.

07 Jan 2013 08:07 PM
steviesgirl777     

RogermcAllen: 4a. Profit because you own the company where the products were purchased from.
4b. Profit because you own the shipping company


Great minds, buddy

07 Jan 2013 08:08 PM
smadge1     
Ah yes, good ol untraceable cash, nothing like it.

07 Jan 2013 08:11 PM
toraque    [TotalFark]  

vudukungfu: Wait until the sex toys arrive.
I mean..
Never mind.


I dunno, last time that happened to me, whoever bought all the sex toys had terrible taste.  I mean, seriously, if you're going to step up for a vibrating heated pleasure rod with prostate tickler add-on, at leastspring for a name brand.

07 Jan 2013 08:13 PM
Glancing Blow     
Let's suppose that you knew it would all be shipped to a person you happen to intensely dislike. Oh the possibilities.

07 Jan 2013 08:16 PM
eKonk     
Oh, there you are, dear....uh, what? What stuff?...... Oh, right, all this stuff that was delivered....that's....that's not mine! No, no, my card must have been....uh... stolen, yeah, I wouldn't buy this.... this stuff. I guess the thief just...hah.... just forgot to change the shipping address....

/Next time arrange delivery for when the wife is out of town...

07 Jan 2013 08:18 PM
SDRR     

toraque: vudukungfu: Wait until the sex toys arrive.
I mean..
Never mind.

I dunno, last time that happened to me, whoever bought all the sex toys had terrible taste.  I mean, seriously, if you're going to step up for a vibrating heated pleasure rod with prostate tickler add-on, at leastspring for a name brand.


No kidding, I've heard nothing but bad things about those off brand prostate ticklers.

07 Jan 2013 08:20 PM
Bungles     
I got my card details stolen (no idea how, it's usually in my wallet in my pocket, and it's a card I've never used online) and received dozens of mid-range silver jewelry pieces. It was only after 5 or 6 that one came with a bill with ther last 4 digits of my card on and I even realised it was something criminal going on, and not just an insane ex-lover. all from different, random stores.

I have no idea what the scam was. I presumed that they'd just not changed the billing address. Nothing else was taken. Mmmmm, cheap jewelry.

07 Jan 2013 08:25 PM
bingo the psych-o     

sno man: fusillade762: Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.

Civil War chess sets, perhaps?

commemorative limited edition coins?


Hot cocoa sampler box?

07 Jan 2013 08:33 PM
The_Original_Roxtar     
1: order a bunch of crap online
2: say your card was "stolen" when spouse complains.

07 Jan 2013 08:37 PM
jjorsett     
How can people avoid getting their credit card number stolen? It isn't easy, he said. He suggests making sure that online purchases are done on a secure site (the web address will start with "https"), and watching cards when making purchases at a business.

Or you can do what I do and use a Citibank Mastercard that lets you generate unique virtual account numbers online. They expire in a month and can only be used for one purchase. If someone attempts to use a number that you've already used, you'll know exactly which merchant let it leak.

07 Jan 2013 08:38 PM
Ex-Texan     
When my son was still living in Texas, I took him to the mall, to buy him a pair of high-end sports shoes. I gave the clerk the card, not noticing he took the card to the back. Before I got home, I was getting calls from my C company, asking me if I made orders from places like Fashionbug, Bluenile, etc. I told them I hardly use that card. They gave me a new card, and denied those purchases. So, I was out nothing, but paid off the bill and canceled the card shortly after. If you're going to steal CC numbers for a few bucks to pay your bills, get a better job.

07 Jan 2013 08:39 PM
Hagbardr     
I was charged for $150 in iTunes. The card was still in my wallet when the credit union's fraud department called me first thing in the morning.

07 Jan 2013 08:40 PM
Bill_Z_Bub     
Step 3: Burgle house in a couple of weeks

07 Jan 2013 08:41 PM
jjorsett     
I had a card company call me a few years back asking if I had just made a $4000 online order for tools and building materials from some outfit I had never heard of in a state across the country from me. I said no and they stopped the order from going out. This was a card I had only used once in the past 18 months, so I knew just which crappy little online mom-and-pop bookstore was responsible. Too bad for the thief he got greedy. If he had charged smaller sums across multiple merchants he might have gotten some stuff before getting shut down.

07 Jan 2013 08:45 PM
cretinbob     
I tried to renew a domain last night. The company is in Australia. Payment was rejected. Within minutes my bank was calling me to make sure I authorized the charge.

07 Jan 2013 08:47 PM
jjorsett     

eKonk: /Next time arrange delivery for when the wife is out of town...


Doesn't it kind of blow your cover story when all the merch arriving on the 'stolen' card turns out to be stuff that you really like?

07 Jan 2013 08:48 PM
Indubitably     

Bill_Z_Bub: Step 3: Burgle house in a couple of weeks


To gurgle

07 Jan 2013 08:48 PM
stuffy     
Order me a couple Link(NSFW)

07 Jan 2013 09:00 PM
KidneyStone     

fusillade762: Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.

Civil War of Northern Aggression chess sets, perhaps?


Fixed that for y'all

07 Jan 2013 09:03 PM
Jim_Callahan     
In all fairness, if you change the address then the cops can find you pretty easily. Gotta order from the normal address and then do something clever, like call in by phone and get the address changed while it's in transit or sign the person up for mail forwarding with UPS to a PO box or something.

07 Jan 2013 09:07 PM
RogermcAllen     

Jim_Callahan: In all fairness, if you change the address then the cops can find you pretty easily. Gotta order from the normal address and then do something clever, like call in by phone and get the address changed while it's in transit or sign the person up for mail forwarding with UPS to a PO box or something.


...or just follow the tracking information and steal it off the porch while they are at work.

07 Jan 2013 09:11 PM
JonZoidberg     
I like that Amazon won't let you use cards on file if you're shipping to a new address.

07 Jan 2013 09:13 PM
Bill_Wick's_Friend     

Ed Finnerty: When my debit card is stolen, I hope the thief has better taste.


My credit card was cloned.

Thief bought a few thousand dollars of snowboard gear, a shiatload of booze, gas and $500 at a grocery store before the card maxed out. Declined transaction at Future Shop ended his fun shopping spree.

None of that came to me by courier, sad to say

07 Jan 2013 09:24 PM
Tourney3p0     
I must be missing something obvious, but where exactly are these vendors with the "don't ask me for shipping info. Just ship to the credit card owner's address" option? If I ordered something from Target.com right now, they'd have no idea where to ship it unless I told them.

07 Jan 2013 09:56 PM
vudukungfu    [TotalFark]  

SDRR: toraque: vudukungfu: Wait until the sex toys arrive.
I mean..
Never mind.

I dunno, last time that happened to me, whoever bought all the sex toys had terrible taste.  I mean, seriously, if you're going to step up for a vibrating heated pleasure rod with prostate tickler add-on, at leastspring for a name brand.

No kidding, I've heard nothing but bad things about those off brand prostate ticklers.


RYobi, eh? Yeah. They sell them at woolmort.

07 Jan 2013 10:09 PM
haydenarrrrgh     

jjorsett: How can people avoid getting their credit card number stolen? It isn't easy, he said. He suggests making sure that online purchases are done on a secure site (the web address will start with "https"), and watching cards when making purchases at a business.

Or you can do what I do and use a Citibank Mastercard that lets you generate unique virtual account numbers online. They expire in a month and can only be used for one purchase. If someone attempts to use a number that you've already used, you'll know exactly which merchant let it leak.


I'd rather go bankrupt before dealing with Citibank again.

07 Jan 2013 10:28 PM
Tobin_Lam     

Tourney3p0: I must be missing something obvious, but where exactly are these vendors with the "don't ask me for shipping info. Just ship to the credit card owner's address" option? If I ordered something from Target.com right now, they'd have no idea where to ship it unless I told them.


Target must be the exception because every website I've been to has that option.

BTW, I can't seem to copy anything from the story.

I don't understand the line from Susie about someone being out of pocket needing to get their money back. Wasn't it her/her husband's money and wasn't it replaced by the credit union?

07 Jan 2013 10:35 PM
Bungles     

Tourney3p0: I must be missing something obvious, but where exactly are these vendors with the "don't ask me for shipping info. Just ship to the credit card owner's address" option? If I ordered something from Target.com right now, they'd have no idea where to ship it unless I told them.


There are a lot of vendors for high value items who will *only* ship to an address that matches a billing address.

Target knows your billing address. How do you thing they check your card details' veracity? If you pay with a card, any card, that vendor has access to your billing address.

07 Jan 2013 10:44 PM
LIGAFF    [TotalFark]  
This happened to me.  I received acne medicine and makeup.  I was freaked out for a while that the thief seemed to know my name and address.

I still get mailers from one of the companies trying to get me to buy more product.

07 Jan 2013 11:04 PM
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