Mysuru: Three unknown youths, posing as customers of the e-commerce giant, Amazon India, cheated them out of its products and cash to the tune of Rs 3.17 lakhs. The perpetrators managed to pull this off over a period of two weeks, after which they vanished.
Nishad Sharma, a representative of Amazon, filed a complaint with the Udayagiri Police Station and named three persons suspected of being involved with the eleborate scheme- Venkatesh, Anand and Shashikumar.
After a priliminary inquiry into the case was conducted, it was discoverd that the persons named in the complaint did not live in the places to which the products were delivered.
This scam was uncovered during the October audit of the company’s records.
According to the police, the perpetrators initially booked an iPhone 7 after making a payment of Rs 45,000, two days after which the buyer complained that the box was delivered empty. Amazon promtly sent the complainant another phone after which they received the same complaint again along with a request for a refund. The company lost Rs 95,598 according to the complaint filed by the representative.
It was found out that eight fake email addresses were created to open several Amazon accounts in order to dupe the company. Together, these accounts were used to scam the company out of Rs 2,22,388.
Owing to Amazon’s policy of favouring the customers, the police speculate that someone who is aware of Amazon’s network is involved in the scam.