If you’ve been giving fake receipts to Fetch Rewards, you may be wondering if they can sue you. The truth is that you could end up in legal trouble, but the most likely outcome is that they’ll just ban you.
Can Fetch Rewards Sue You for Fake Receipts?
Fetch Rewards would have two possible grounds for a lawsuit if they decided to sue you for fake receipts.
The first reason they could sue you is for breach of contract. Under the terms of service, you agree to provide legitimate receipts. If you don’t hold up your end of the bargain, it’s possible for them to sue you for the amounts they paid you.
The second reason they could sue you is for a tort of theft or fraud. When you submit fake receipts to Fetch, you’re wrongfully obtaining gift cards or money by misrepresenting what you’re giving them. This would also allow Fetch to sue you for what they paid you.
Can You Get Arrested for Giving Fetch Fake Receipts?
You could end up in jail for giving Fetch fake receipts. Just like it’s a civil theft or fraud, it can also be a criminal fraud. Think about it like someone who sells counterfeit items or collects purchase money without intending to ship the item they sold. When you intentionally create and submit receipts, you are doing the same thing.
Giving Fetch fake receipts may be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on where you live. In most places, whether it is a felony will depend on the dollar amount you received. Felony theft amounts vary between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.
How Can Fetch Detect Fake Receipts?
There are a number of ways Fetch can detect fake receipts. To begin with, it’s difficult to replicate a receipt exactly unless you have a receipt printer, the same paper as the retailer, and are able to copy the formatting of their legitimate receipts. Fetch can compare your receipts against other receipts.
In addition, most receipts are trackable. If Fetch has suspicions, they can have the retailer run the receipt in their system. If the receipt isn’t in their computer system, they can confirm to Fetch that it’s a fake.
Will Fetch Prosecute You for Fake Receipts?
No one except Fetch can tell you for sure what they will do. If you just try a few fake receipts, the most likely outcome is that they’ll ban you from the platform and try to cancel your gift cards or reverse what they paid you. It isn’t worth their time to do more.
If you’ve gotten several hundred or thousand dollars from fake receipts, there’s a higher chance that Fetch could contact law enforcement. They may also decide to sue you to try to deter other people from doing the same thing in the future.
What if You Use Someone Else’s Receipt?
Using someone else’s receipt is directly against Fetch’s terms of service. According to their terms, they do have the right to cancel or reverse these payments. Since the terms of service are a contract, they would also have the right to sue you.
Using someone else’s receipt probably wouldn’t rise to the level of a criminal act. While Fetch could claim that your actions were fraud, it would be much harder for a prosecutor to prove criminal intent.
What if You Buy Products and Return Them?
Buying products and returning them is also against Fetch’s terms of service. In most cases, they’ll probably just cancel the payment. It’s very easy for someone to buy something, submit it for rewards, later and legitimately decide they don’t want it, and then return it.
If it keeps happening, your account may be at risk, and Fetch would have a stronger case that you weren’t using the service in good faith. If you consistently engage in this conduct to receive larger sums of money, there’s also a higher chance they will want to have you criminally prosecuted.