I am neither a U.S. citizen nor resident there — I live in southeast Asia. I want to be able to buy Kindle ebooks on Amazon.com, and to shop on other U.S.-based e-commerce websites for digital goods. Yet, a lot of these websites require you to have a U.S. credit/debit card with a U.S. billing address.
I am looking into using a card something like US Unlocked. The application for such a debit card requires my personal identifiable information, such as my passport number and utility bills proving that I am staying at where I claim to be.
- Are cards such as these safe? Meaning if I sign up, is my information safe from being misused?
- Will the U.S.-based commercial websites detect that these cards are for non-U.S. citizens and hence foul my attempt to use these cards on their websites?