Imagine one bought something at an online shop. The shop ship it via a common shipping company. The online tracking said it has been delivered to the buyer but one didn't receive it, nor got a notice about it.
The shop now asked the buyer to sign an affidavit (declaration of an oath or affirmation in lieu of oath) including the following three points:
- I am aware that false statements made here may be punishable by law.
- I never received the package.
- Residents of the house or the adjacent shop have not accepted a parcel for me.
How is one able to testify point 3?
One can not be for sure know where the parcel is. And therefore one is not able to sign this document without fearing point 1.
Is an affidavit worded like this even legal?
In this hypothetical case the online shop said that they need the signed affidavit to further investigate the case. Without signing, no compensation.