Delhi youth nabbed after scamming Amazon 166 times for Rs52 lakh

Delhi youth nabbed after scamming Amazon 166 times for Rs52 lakh

In March this year, Shivam came up with the idea of ordering expensive mobile phones from online store Amazon and later claiming refund on the pretext that the phone box was empty.

Chopra, who had pursued a course in hotel management but failed to secure a job before he devised his plan to swindle Amazon, was arrested by the Delhi police on October 6.

The police have also arrested Chopra's accomplice, a telecom store owner identified as 38-year-old Sachin Jain. He then asked Amazon for a refund, and received the money back nearly immediately.

The police have arrested Chopra and his accomplice Sachin Jain, 38, a telecom operator residing near his house for supplying almost 140 pre-activated SIM-cards to the former to place orders in different names to dupe the e-commerce website. Once Amazon realized that they are being duped they lodge complained to the police.

During an internal inquiry by the company, it was found that the accused used 141 phone numbers and 48 customer accounts to place these orders and a refund was sought against each of those, they said.

Now, he used to order another smartphone with the gift voucher, and sell off the handset received earlier to black markets such as Gaffar area in North-West Delhi, or at Olx/Quikr portals. Jain would charge Rs150 for each SIM card.

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. Police said Chopra used to place his orders of expensive phones of brands like Apple, Samsung, Oppo on the app of Amazon and pay through gift vouchers. Once a delivery associate from Amazon would reach the address mentioned against the order, he would invariably call Chopra to verify his whereabouts, police said, adding that the conman would then guide the associate to his actual residence and take the delivery.

From past couple of years, various people are arrested under cheating cases, especially when online shopping sites are concerned. Chopra allegedly used different SIM cards to place his multiple orders with Amazon, citing a new customer name and residential address each time.

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