Orders 166 phones and claims refund

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A 21-year-old Delhi resident has been arrested for a scam in which he ordered expensive mobile phones from Amazon some 166 times and got refunds totalling Rs52 lakh after claiming he had received an empty box, the police said.

Delhi Police has arrested a 21-year-old man from Delhi for duping e-commerce website Amazon India.

It all began in March this year when Chopra, who has done a course in hotel management ended up without a job. He used to sell the phones on OLX or in Gaffar flea market.

This comes close on the heels of a similar case in the United States where a couple duped Amazon of more than $1.2 million.

Shivam was taken into custody after Amazon complained to police about the repeated offense. Often buyers from online retailers complain of receiving boxes filled with scrap instead of the ordered items. In shocking revelation about their trick, the police officer said that the accused had used 141 numbers and 48 different customer accounts and a refund in full was sought against all orders.

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. He filed a complaint on behalf of Amazon Seller Services Private Limited alleging that a total of 166 orders for mobile phones were placed between April 2017 and May 2017. The cops had to trace mobile numbers used to make calls, question locals and take the help of Amazon delivery boys to identify Chopra.

Once the order was received, Chopra will call customer care executives alleging he received an empty box.

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. Sensing that his plan could be executing easily, Chopra then began ordering expensive mobile phones from the online portal - placing orders from handsets manufactured by companies like Apple, Samsung and OnePlus - and then cooking up some excuse to demand a refund.

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