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Chthonic says he's still reeling from a trip to a wedding that cost him nearly 600; while a friend of ours hazily presented his credit card to the bar staff in a shady club in the Baltic states. You know how that one ended.

(, Thu 13 May 2010, 12:03)
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Money back guarantee...
Usual Vegas extravagance story...but with added bonus.

The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - one of the finest places on this earth. They have a new club there called 'XS', which is built around a huge, shallow swimming pool, which without fail, 100's of scantily clad American bimbo wannabes throw themselves into every night. The trick is to hire a 'cabana' by the waters edge, so the dripping wet girls have a place to enter and exit the pool, they really appreciate the free towels and drinks that cabana owners can supply them with.

My mate and I, just the two of us, hired a cabana and put down a $1000 min drinks tab with my Amex card. What a night. We were outnumbered 8-1 by desperate, stunning, nubile girls. They LOVED our cabana, they ordered vodka by the bottle and champagne by the magnum. My friend and I sat there resplendent, the stars of our very own hip-hop video, fully satisfied and content that a few of their American dollars could purchase such a wonderful, short-lived fantasy.

But all good things must come to an end. And end they did, with the addition of a $2,400 drinks bill. The waitress brought my card on a silver tray and asked me to sign (no chip & pin in the US of A), I drunkenly pointed to my far drunker mate, who grabbed the receipt and duly signed it. I was too pissed to care. Plus one of the girls had accepted my invitation to come use one of the luxuriant Wynnn bathrobes that I had in my room...

Picking over the bones of the evening the next day, we struggled to remember our total bill. A brief search of my mate's wallet found the copy receipt and the enormity of our overspend hit home. But closer inspection of it revealed a get out clause. I immediately called Amex and complained that I'd misplaced my card between 1am and 6am, somewhere in the greater Las Vegas area.

Back home I was sent a pack by Amex. It contained a list of all my expenditure during that time, plus photcopies of my signed receipts. And there it was. The biggie.

A receipt for $2,400.00 spent at XS Club, Wynn Hotel.

Agreed and signed, clear as day, by a 'Mr M. Mouse Esq.'

They re-credited every cent onto my next statement.
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 14:55, closed)
This has everything..
... except for pictures!

(, Thu 13 May 2010, 15:11, closed)
And Honda Accord whinging...
which should be along any time soon. Money? Booze? Attractive women? Winning? It's like putting a sandwich in front of an Ethiopian.
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 15:16, closed)

(, Thu 13 May 2010, 15:18, closed)
Oh shush you.
All of us would do that, given the opportunity. Granted the risks involved are high, but the payoff was even bigger. I'd say congratulations on scamming the credit card companies back for a change.
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 15:25, closed)
Fair enough
I liked the story and hate CC companies et al myself
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 16:15, closed)

I think the refund liability on this would get bounced back to the business that didn't check the signature properly (or at all). I've seen a few odd ones before but no worse than transposed his and hers signatures on joint cards, apparently the first detection of that mistake in years with the last one I spotted.
(, Fri 14 May 2010, 15:15, closed)
A highly entertaining read and some good advice on where to go in Vegas in one short anecdote.

(, Thu 13 May 2010, 15:57, closed)
As an utterly miserable former employee
and overdue payment chaser for Amex down in Brighton, I kneel before you that you may shower my smiling, upturned face with your golden rain. You are a hero and a God-King, sirrah.
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 16:10, closed)
they've wised up dramatically. My friends who tried that on a ten grand bill in a casino bar were very well treated, up to and including the nice gentleman from the credit card fraud squad who asked them to check the thumbprints on their card authorisation swipes 'just to be sure' before starting a fraud investigation.

Sudden memory-return; 'oh, yes, ten grand on champagne and poker, yes, yes I *do* seem to remember that....'
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 16:29, closed)
The thing is...
I didn't try to scam them, my mate signed 'mickey mouse' as a drunken flourish to end the evening. But I didn't exactly come clean and I rode it all the way to a freebie - but if they're really dusting for fingerprints...well...I won't be doing that again.

Amazing really. They have all this amazingly high-tech crap over there, yet chip & pin is a step too far. Probably unforseen complications over the average American's ability to memorise a 4 digit number...
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 16:40, closed)
You do realize the card company will come after you if they read this, right?

(, Thu 13 May 2010, 17:02, closed)
I have heard that the American Express Fraud Protection Team spend hours trawling b3ta. In fact, a huge international money laundering ring was smashed following revalations made on a recent qotw.
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 17:06, closed)
I'd anonymise it anyway...
Nice odds, but worth the stake?
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 18:14, closed)
Wouldn't take long for them to google something about the hotel, club, amex and bills for them to find this page (once it's been crawled by google of course). They do have people specifically to go looking for things like this...
(, Mon 17 May 2010, 15:43, closed)
I'll take the risk...
the story demands it!
(, Wed 19 May 2010, 9:07, closed)
We do have 4-digit PINs on debit cards, just not on credit cards.
(, Wed 19 May 2010, 0:32, closed)
Not fair
And hopelessly jealous.


Mr M. Mouse Esq.
(, Thu 13 May 2010, 19:56, closed)
So is this fraud, copyright infringement, or an offence of impersonating the face of an evil corporation to fuck over another evil corporation?

I think a combination of all 3, and I do enjoy!
(, Sat 15 May 2010, 15:01, closed)
That's shocking
It's either "Mr M Mouse" or "M Mouse Esq", but never "Mr M Mouse Esq".
(, Mon 17 May 2010, 16:13, closed)

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