Delhi man duped Amazon 166 times by ordering phones, getting refunds each time
BT Online October 11, 2017
In what might seem like a scene out of impostor and con artist Frank Abagnale Jr's life, a Delhi resident managed to pull a single trick on Amazon for 166 times and make a fortune. The 21-year old resident would buy expensive phones from online retailer Amazon, and then ask for a refund after informing them that the box he received was empty. This way Shivam Chopra made around Rs 52 lakh in May and April.
Chopra had pursued a course on hotel management from Delhi but was never successful in retaining a job. When he found himself without a job again in March, he came up with this plan. He decided to order two phones as a test. He then asked Amazon for a refund, and received the money back almost immediately. Milind Dumbere, DCP (north-west) said that Chopra exploited the company's customer satisfaction policy. Amazon would give him the refund in the form of a gift voucher.
The company grew suspicious when they discovered at all these 'empty boxes' were being received only at a particular area.
The report on Hindustan Times mentions that even after creating so many profiles, Chopra's biggest flaw was that he did not create a new name each time. Although he was using a fake name, Shubham, it didn't take authorities long to figure out that it sounded very similar to his real name.