With the arrest of three youths including a Civil Engineering Diploma holder, the Cyber Cell of Lucknow police claimed to have busted a gang which duped the online shopping company Amazon of about Rs 2 crore during the past 2 years.
Those arrested were identified as Dhara Singh (a diploma holder in civil engineering), Rajkumar Meena (BSc II year pass) and Prahlad Singh (a BA pass out), all of Rajasthan. The police recovered as many as 19 mobile sets, 2 sealed Apple iphone of worth Rs 1.83 lakh, a cash of Rs 3300, 81 pre activated SIM cards, several other items and a SUV from them. They were in the ‘business’ since 2017 and had committed the fraud in Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow and other metro cities. They used to sell the mobile sets, which they obtained after duping the agent of the online shopping company, at lower prices in Jaipur.
Their modus operandi foxed even the acuminous cops in Lucknow police. As per their confession, the miscreants first used to apply for online seller on the company website. They then used to get the promotional gift cards and used to get it transferred to their Amazon Pay wallet scratching the cards. They then used to return the gift cards pasting a scratch tape on it and terming it invalid.
This way they used to collect money in online wallet on a smart phone. The miscreants then used to purchase phones by online shopping and using the money in the wallet. After an agent used to reach their house to deliver the goods, they used to get engaged the agent in frivolous talks and used to take out the phones and placing equally heavy object, one like soap cakes, in the box and place request to cancel the order. The miscreants used to make a fake mail id using a pre activated SIM card. Even their addresses were found fake when the company officials contacted the house owner.
Their fraud was detected when the online company checked the returned gift vouchers and goods they received as returned items. On the revelation, officials manning the job of distribution of items to customers in Lucknow petitioned to senior officials who instructed the Cyber Cell to work on the case.
“We used Cyber and Surveillance technology and nabbed the miscreants,” Circle Officer, Abhay Kumar Mishra said.