Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

21-year-old youth dupes Amazon India

21-year-old youth dupes Amazon India

Two people have been arrested on the charge of being involved in duping e-commerce company Amazon India, by ordering expensive phones and then claiming refunds alleging that the firm had delivered an empty box, the police said Wednesday.

Delhi Police registered a case in August this year after months of investigation.

Shivam Chopra, a hotel management graduate, allegedly sought refunds on 225 mobile phones and managed to get it 166 times, as per a statement from Milind Dumbere, DCP (north-west), reported by Hindustan Times.

The accused, who has been identified as Shivam Chopra, allegedly ordered almost 166 expensive phones from Amazon India between April to May this year and got refunds worth almost Rs 50 lakh claiming that he had received an empty box. Amazon would give him the refund in the form of a gift voucher.

21-year-old Delhi youth conned multinational company Amazon with a simple trick but that is not enough he repeated the drill 166 times and made Rs 52 lakh in May and April.

Moreover, he provided fake addresses so that every time a delivery agent came, he rang Shivam up, following which he would go meet the agent at a random place in the neighbourhood to receive the parcel by paying cash. Consequently, Shivam would then place complaints with Amazon, claiming that he had received an empty package and would demand a refund.

Shivam's partner in crime, Sachin Jain, a small telecom store owner near his house who had supplied more than a 141 pre-activated SIM cards to Shivam Chopra. His accomplice in the con, Sachin Jain, has also been arrested, who helped provide him the SIM cards.

During probe, the police seized 19 mobile phones, Rs 12 lakh in cash, 40 passbooks and cheques of various bank accounts from Mr Chopra's house.

After Amazon initiated an internal enquiry, police started a manhunt for this scamster, and was able to arrest him yesterday, and slapped various sections of Indian Penal Code.

During the questioning, Shivam confessed to the crime and said that once he procured the phones he sold it on another online marketplace OLX or Gaffar market, a west Delhi market for mobiles.

An ordinary guy who duped an e-commerce website and claimed refunds running into lakhs of rupees - the case is not a first of its kind.

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