If you thought bluffing big businesses or brands is the stuff of movies, maybe you are living in a bubble.
Delhi police have arrested two youths on the charges of being involved in duping the e-commerce company Amazon India, by ordering expensive phones and then claiming refunds alleging that the firm had delivered an empty box, not once, not twice, but 166 times!
Shivam Chopra (21) and his accomplice Sachin Jain (38), who used to provide SIM cards to the former for placing orders on the e-commerce portal have been arrested, they said.
According to the police, Shivam used to sell those mobile phones on other e-commerce websites and at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh.
A complaint was received in June from a man on behalf of Amazon Seller Services Private Limited that 166 orders for mobile phones were placed between April and May, which were paid through gift cards but refunds were claimed alleging that the boxes were empty, they said.
The amount was refunded to him in form of gift cards, the police said.
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The police said Shivam had made nearly Rs. 50 lakh between April and May this year before Amazon realized that they were being conned and complained to the police.
Shivam had done a course in hotel management from an institute in north Delhi's Rohini and had tried his hand at some jobs. But he wasn't good at keeping them and had ended up being unemployed.
In March this year, he came up with this idea and ordered two phones as a test case. He asked for a refund and got it.
19 mobile phones, 12 lakhs in cash and 40 bank passbooks and cheques have been seized from his home. Apart from the money in the bank, he had also kept Rs. 10 lakh with someone for safekeeping.
The north-west district police chief said the police were able to locate the young man this month after months of investigation during which they narrowed down the locality where he probably lived.
Information source: hindustantimes
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