Be careful of large voucher codes (amazon etc) sold on HUKD and elsewhere - Potential credit card theft

With the rise of online credit card theft, one of the ways fraudsters can turn their theft into cash with limited risk to thmselves is to buy 'virtual' vouchers (sent as a code) with the stolen card details and then sell them on in places like HUKD.

My experience: I agreed to buy a voucher but wanted to hold payment until I verified that the voucher worked. The seller reluctantly agreed based on my feedback. I used the voucher and it appeared to work fine, but the retailer marked the item I wanted as out of stock, so I asked my seller to wait until I could verify they would get it back in stock. The seller tried to demand payment, but I held firm. When I phoned the retailer to check if/when stock would arrive, I was asked questions about where I got the voucher. Long story short, the day before one of their customers reported the voucher purchased without their knowledge on their credit card.

If you can get the seller's full details and can verify them then you should be ok, but be especially careful of sellers who give only details such as an ebay account and refuse to give an address and landline telephone number.

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good heads up

cheers for that! have some rep. no no please i insist. awww your too kind =)

Thanks for the warning. rep left

yes thanks for the warming?!?!? (giggles to self)

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Ace Hayward;1950139

yes thanks for the warming?!?!? (giggles to self)



You ARE in a good mood this morning Ace!

hehe i am indeedy poo's

Banned

thanks for heads up also! never bought vouchers but have been tempted.

Good heads up, I've bought loads in the past and never had a problem but I guess it's a good scam that'll catch tons of people so I bet it'll be all over the place soon.

Can't think of any way to avoid it other than don't buy vouchers, or buy over £100 worth and you should be covered by your credit card but then that's alot of hassle for saving a few quid.

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Benjimoron;1950537

Good heads up, I've bought loads in the past and never had a problem but … Good heads up, I've bought loads in the past and never had a problem but I guess it's a good scam that'll catch tons of people so I bet it'll be all over the place soon. Can't think of any way to avoid it other than don't buy vouchers, or buy over £100 worth and you should be covered by your credit card but then that's alot of hassle for saving a few quid.



Yes, agreed. And there is a good chance that many people have been caught in the past but won't know anything about until the the merchant (or police?) come knocking to folllow it up. This could take up to several months I guess.

What is the £100 limit you mention all about? This is interesting as the voucher I nearly bought was for exactly £100. Is there a reason why this might be an optimal selling amount for the thief?

Liddle ol' me;1950574

Yes, agreed. And there is a good chance that many people have been … Yes, agreed. And there is a good chance that many people have been caught in the past but won't know anything about until the the merchant (or police?) come knocking to folllow it up. This could take up to several months I guess. What is the £100 limit you mention all about? This is interesting as the voucher I nearly bought was for exactly £100. Is there a reason why this might be an optimal selling amount for the thief?



I think under the consumer credit act the purchase amount has to be over £100 for the credit card company to become joint liable. Under this figure they could just say no. I would've thought that if they were trying to avoid that they'd sell for £99.99, or was it a £100 voucher for £90 for example?

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Benjimoron;1950650

I think under the consumer credit act the purchase amount has to be over … I think under the consumer credit act the purchase amount has to be over £100 for the credit card company to become joint liable. Under this figure they could just say no. I would've thought that if they were trying to avoid that they'd sell for £99.99, or was it a £100 voucher for £90 for example?



Thanks for this. No the voucher was for £100 exactly and offered for £80 after 'negotiation'. Much like similar vouchers which have been advertised on here in the past. There must be a reason for them to use £100 though... perhaps just low enough not to attract too much suspicion/attention and high enough to make it worth their while. And of course, it might be difficult to purchase a voucher of the retailer for £99.99 or whatever.

Cheers bud, I rarely use vouchers though!!! :thumbsup:

My uncles just had £7500 spent on clothes from Spain....bar stewards....now he has to try and prove it was'nt him!
Thanks for the tip.

Liddle ol' me;1950868

Thanks for this. No the voucher was for £100 exactly and offered for £80 a … Thanks for this. No the voucher was for £100 exactly and offered for £80 after 'negotiation'. Much like similar vouchers which have been advertised on here in the past. There must be a reason for them to use £100 though... perhaps just low enough not to attract too much suspicion/attention and high enough to make it worth their while. And of course, it might be difficult to purchase a voucher of the retailer for £99.99 or whatever.



That's what I mean, the purchase value is probably kept below £100, so they sell a £100 voucher but because the purchase amount is under £100 I don't think the credit card company have to do anything. They probably will but I don't think they have to.

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Thanks. Just bumping this up for the pm crowd as I'd like as mant to read it as possible.

Thanks for the warning:)

I have always found it somewhat strange that large amounts of e vouchers be up for sale,I mean,how come you have ££££ of vouchers for Amazon if you are not gonna buy summat from them:?

Like with anything in FS/FT thread,proceed with caution,get as many details as possible and only deal with people you trust:)

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muckypup;1952425

I have always found it somewhat strange that large amounts of e vouchers … I have always found it somewhat strange that large amounts of e vouchers be up for sale,I mean,how come you have ££££ of vouchers for Amazon if you are not gonna buy summat from them:?Like with anything in FS/FT thread,proceed with caution,get as many details as possible and only deal with people you trust:)



Yes, starting to think more and more that way. These people who come into HUKD only to sell things at prices that seem to good to be true most often turn out to be dodgy. And there have been quite a few recently, as I'm sure you've noticed?

Thank you 'Liddle ol' me' for your time and effort in informing us!

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Nash;1953075

Thank you 'Liddle ol' me' for your time and effort in informing us!



Thanks for the thanks! (And bumping this up for the evening crowd).

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Last bump - for the next day crowd (although I might do a final final bump at the weekend for the weekend crowd!)

Thanks you fortaking the time and trouble to let us know of this, and also for bumping as otherwise I wouldn't have seen it. :thumbsup:

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suze;1958835

Thanks you fortaking the time and trouble to let us know of this, and … Thanks you fortaking the time and trouble to let us know of this, and also for bumping as otherwise I wouldn't have seen it. :thumbsup:



Ok, and thanks for letting me know about the bump. In that case, as long as other don't mind I will bump it once or twice a day until Sunday just to make sure it gets the exposure. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the warning- I'm bumping for you :thumbsup:

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Bumping this back up for attention of new members.

Hi folks,

Bumping this because I believe there has been a recent spate of Amazon Vouchers being sold on here that were bought with a stolen credit card. If anyone bought from a certain Luke Warner, feel free to drop me a PM to discuss further.

Thanks go to Liddle ol' me for spotting this...

lil ol me may have prevented me being stung for this today so thanks lil ol me

yeah, mucho rep to him....shame he can't post here for fear of losing a tenner!

why cant he post here? whats the deal with the £10 thing?

bazzaric;2269197

yeah, mucho rep to him....shame he can't post here for fear of losing a … yeah, mucho rep to him....shame he can't post here for fear of losing a tenner!

ibrox_hunk;2278894

why cant he post here? whats the deal with the £10 thing?



he is refusing to post in misc forum till a certain date, if he does, then who ever catches him gets £10

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BUMP for new members

i'll hop aboard the 'bumping' wagon an all then, thanks for the heads up..:thumbsup:
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