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. The man was finally arrested by Delhi police on Tuesday. The man has been identified as Shivam Chopra, who is a hotel management graduate. He is a resident of Tri Nagar in north Delhi, Shivam worked in some hotels for a short duration and is currently unemployed.

 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. He claimed for refunds 225 times and was successful 166 times but finally the company got to know about the scam and the police arrested him on Tuesday.

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.

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. A convenience fee of Rupees 150 was charged for this service.

How conman Shivam Chopra duped Amazon:

Shivam Chopra used fake mobile numbers to place order for the phones and mentioned an incorrect address and fake name. When the deliveryman reached the spot, he would not find the person and then would call on the fake mobile number. Shivam would then guide the Amazon delivery boy to somewhere close to his current address in the locality, take the delivery. Later, he would call up to complain that the box was empty and get a refund.  

19 mobile phones, 12 lakhs in cash and 40 bank passbooks and cheques have been seized from Shivam’s house.

First Published | 11 October 2017 12:16 PM
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