I was held captive and forced to put purchases on my card!

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I was held captive and forced to put purchases on my card!

Postby travelbug » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:08 pm

I recently got back from Shanghai China, and had a situation where I was held captive until I agreed to sign a Chase credit card bill for an exorbitant amount ( a few thousand dollars! ), even though I had neither consumed nor ordered ANY drinks or ANYTHING else for that matter!

I was threatened, and held captive until I agreed. After signing, and being released, I contacted the Chase Card Services ( my CC card used ), and informed them what had happened, and told them I never agreed to ANY charge being made.

They said they would remove the charge, and send it to their "dispute department". Long story short...the charge is now back on my credit card, and they claim that since I "signed" the charge bill...there's nothing they can do! Is this correct?!

I reported the fraud within 4 hours of it occurring....said I was held and threatened, and they claim that once I signed, there was nothing more that can be done....!

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Postby Vermonster » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:44 pm

Tell them you signed with your left hand, that means it's not real.

On another note Someone else had the same EXACT thing happen to them. I guess those that ignore history...
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Postby DoingHomework » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:00 am

I hope you reported it to the local police and got a police report. Understandable if you just wanted to get out but you can report to an American embassy and they will liase with the local police on your behalf.

If this was a brothel or a strip club then you are probably going to be SOL. This kind of thing happens. Best to just stay away from places like that.


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Postby paparoach429 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:09 pm

Sorry for your situation, if its true but I doubt a credit card company is going to believe your story. (unless they've actually had this problem before with customers traveling over seas. Id fight it every inch of the way but it sounds like you SOL to me.

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Postby djrez4 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:38 pm

Apparently, the State Department needs to issue an advisory on China -

"Attention American citizens: Don't frequent brothels run by the Chinese Triad."

Why do they keep ending up here?
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Postby DavidNY » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:48 pm

This has been an expensive lesson. Next time (if there is a next time) leave the plastic somewhere safe.

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Postby Vermonster » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:41 pm

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Postby travelbug » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:34 pm

Er....unfortunately that's proven to not be true....It doesn't matter which hand you use!
Yes...apparently I should have looked up "Shanghai Scams" before I went!

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Postby travelbug » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:36 pm

No Brothel or Strip Club.......

The police were useless.....the bar's word against mine, unfortunately.

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Postby travelbug » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:41 pm

Not just brothels, my friend......bars, clubs, and while you're at it...look up "Shanghai Teahouse Scam"......

Crimes such as this are becoming endemic in China. The Credit Card Companies apparently just don't care.

I've never had an issue like this before with over 35 years of credit card usage....,all this means nothing to Chase Card Services!

I'm sure I'm not the first in a long series of duped customers.....they choose not to care unless they are forced to....!



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