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Initial post: Aug 23, 2012 5:27:54 PM PDT
A. Abizhanov says:
wife was given a kindle fire as a gift for her birthday only to find out while trying to register it that it is reported as lost/stolen amazon wants me to turn it into my local police station however i fear it will sit only. if anyone reading this lives in tx and has lost their kindle fire and can provide the serial number to me i'd be more than happy to return it to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 6:39:56 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Here are Amazon's instructions on what to do with found Kindles:

I found a Kindle.
Please turn the Kindle device in to an appropriate lost and found, or turn it in to the local authorities. If you'd prefer, you can also send the device to be recycled by our certified recycler, Eco International. You can create and print your own prepaid UPS shipping label through Eco International's website. Visit ecotakeback.com/kindle for further instructions.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_k2troublestolen_200375470?nodeId=200375470#stolen

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 6:41:48 PM PDT
The Artist says:
Thanks for doing the honorable thing by trying to locate the owner.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 6:49:40 PM PDT
A. Abizhanov says:
Its no problem at all really. My wife and I do not operate like this and she doesn't the friend to do the right thing. We were told to turn it in however worry about it sitting around and eventually getting sold in an auction for our police district in about 8 months as I don't really think a Kindle will be at the top of their to do list or if the rightful owner will even think to look there. We really hope they come on this forum and see this post. We have have also posted ads on our local craigslist. We really hope we can this taken care of and behind us.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 11:34:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 25, 2012 11:37:26 AM PDT
You know the really messed up thing is that Amazon know's who it belongs to. They have the entire chain of owners.

My son's kindle was stolen and then registered to a new account. Months and a search warrant later we are still trying to get information. Their legal department is such a joke that they don't even have a real mailing address or phone number for the police to call. In fact they only give a fax number and then after 3 faxes from my police department did they flat out refuse to release any information.

I just read today on the front page about how kindle users rated the kindle team so highly. I know we were never asked, because at this point I want to wring someone's neck.

We (district attorney, police and myself) have been looking into filing formal charges for amazon being complicit in a criminal act. I have also been approached about a possible class action by uses who's devices were lost/stolen and re-registered and having amazon not cooperate with law enforcement.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 12:34:47 PM PDT
R. Casas says:
I did lost a Kindle fire Airport and reported to both Amazon and Police. my Serial ends in 14831PLF any chanse is the one you got?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 12:40:55 PM PDT
R. Casas says:
I did lost a Kindle fire Airport and reported to both Amazon and Police. my Serial ends in 14831PLF any chanse is the one you got?

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 12:44:19 PM PDT
Mary Jane says:
The problem I see with turning it in to the local police is that it may have been lost or stolen from a different location. The local police would then have no knowledge of it. I would think that the best thing to do is send it back to Amazon. They are registered by their seriel numbers and Amazon should be able to get it back to it's rightful owner. Whether they want to do that or not is up to them.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 1:14:27 PM PDT
King Al says:
Read A. Dietz's post (2nd post in this thread.) Amazon does not want it back.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 1:21:32 PM PDT
Mary Jane says:
I did read that and it kind of bothers me. The OP is right in that the local authorities will probably just sit on it and never find out who lost it. Amazon has the proper information but does not want to help out.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 1:25:27 PM PDT
Mary Jane - It's all to do with "Privacy issues". Today, using the info that they have on file can cause so many privacy issues with some people, that I can understand why they don't get involved without the legal authority to do so. What is legally required to give that info out, I have no idea but think about the privacy issues raised when music companies tried to force ISP's to state who had that IP address at that time. It's a big can of worms.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 1:30:38 PM PDT
Mary Jane says:
I do understand that privacy is a big issue. But they could just accept the lost item back and send it to the registered owner. I know, they are a business and are not required to babysit the people who are careless with their electronics. But it would be a nice service since they have the information already. It just seems so inefficient and wasteful the way it is.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 1:31:11 PM PDT
King Al says:
It's worse than that. If you read zombieXL's posts (and there are several other people who are saying the same thing), Amazon is refusing to cooperate with the police.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 1:36:10 PM PDT
Faxes from a police department are not the same as a warrant or what ever the legal documentation is required to release that info. It has been well documented that Amazon co-operates with the "proper" documentation. Having only fax number to contact a legal department is normal since there is a written record of what is said.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 1:51:15 PM PDT
King Al says:
It seems like Amazon has changed its policy recently. I believe that they used to provide information to the local police department with a copy of the police report, but in one of the other threads, the poster was informed that Amazon will only release that information to the police department if they are subpoenaed.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 1:59:34 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 2:20:31 PM PDT
Unfortunately even the original owner will have the same problems registering it.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 2:23:25 PM PDT
Suze says:
What I'm wondering is where did the "gift" come from?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 2:46:37 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I would be looking askance at the gift giver.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 3:35:03 PM PDT
Could have been purchased on eBay/Craig's List, etc. I'm giving the "gifter" the benefit of a doubt.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 4:46:03 PM PDT
Suze says:
Or....the gift giver could be informed, me thinks? Receiving stolen goods :(

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 5:02:43 PM PDT
From what others have said, if you call Kindle support and can provide enough ID, then it can be registered back on the original accoount. I haven't tried this but IMO, no harm in contacting Kindle support and asking.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 1:09:59 PM PDT
A. Abizhanov says:
The person who the gift to my wife claims the purchased it off craigslist however something doesn't sit well with her. And I have learned to listen to her instincts. She contacted Amazon numerous times and they only want her take it to a police station. They said if its mailed in the only thing they do is recycle it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 1:11:06 PM PDT
A. Abizhanov says:
Hello I'm very sorry but the serial number does not match. I wish it did though.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 1:15:51 PM PDT
You would think that Amazon could send the original owner an email. They have all that information.
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