Can I be liable if I setup a website for another company with my credit card?

I have a contact in China that sells trade goods that needs a .com
USA based website and representative here in the USA to seem
more international. Not a scam I actually know this person If I set
everything up for him with my information and be the USA contact if
something goes wrong can I be liable?

Asked on March 31, 2019 under Business Law, Hawaii

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

If you were not the U.S. contact for the Chinese national's business but only paid for/set-up the website, the only thing you'd be liable for would be the bills from the web developer and/or host (i.e. what you agreed to pay for). 
But if you are listed as the company's U.S. contact, you are making yourself an agent or representative of the company, at least to the outside world, so anyone who does not get what they pay for, is injured by a product, is defrauded (we know you are confident that will not happen, but it is a possibility), etc. could potentially sue you. So if you take on the role of representing the company, you also may be taking on the liabilty of doing so.


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