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Pre-approved cards are not a total scam, but some SLY creditors have given them a bad name in the past. When I used to assign these many, many years ago, we had a saying for these. You are pre-approved before you are even approved. It was the big joke at the banks.
American law came into effect years ago which forces creditors to give you the card when they claim you are approved (even if they haven't looked at your credit history yet). However, there are a few exceptions. One is if you are a criminal, they can default back on the deal. The other, (and this is a gray area), is if you have outstanding debts. Now what constitutes an out-standing debt could be up for debate (wink).
The third exception, is if the applicant LIED. And since it seems you did just that, they do not have to honour it.
I furthermore want to add, that if a dispute happens later on with Amex, they could use your lies now as more ammunition to sue you. But even worse, is the Government also tracks you by the same numbers, and they use this to track your tax-file-returns each year. The problem now is that you may have set yourself up to become red-flagged for tax evasion next year and there is a chance you could have auditors showing up at your door.
While you may be able to defend yourself against this and prevent prison, the cost of lawyer fees, etc. could still cost you a small fortune. One that it seems you obviously can't afford.
So if you want to sleep better at night, then stop lying on your applications.