Orders 166 phones and claims refund


The man was finally arrested by Delhi police on Tuesday.

The accused did course in Hotel Management from an institute in New Delhi's Rohini area.

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

For the next two months, he made a business of ordering Apple, Samsung and OnePlus mobile phones, which he would sell on another online marketplace OLX or at Gaffar Market, a west Delhi market for mobiles and other imported goods that was counted by the US Trade Representative as one of the world's "notorious markets" in global piracy in 2014.

The police on Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old for duping online store Amazon by claiming that he received empty boxes on the purchase of expensive smartphones.

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.

Milind Dumbere, DCP (north-west) was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, "Chopra procured 141 SIM cards and created more than 50 email IDs using those numbers".

When police finally caught him, they recovered Rs 12 lakh in cash, 19 mobile phones, and 40 passbooks of various banks from his home.

Other than Shivam, a small telecom store owner Sachin Jain age 38 was also arrested because the store owner had supplied him almost 141 activated SIM for placing the order from Amazon. Amazon would give him the refund in the form of a gift voucher. Once a delivery associate from Amazon would reach the address mentioned against the order, he would invariably call Chopra to verify his whereabouts, police said, adding that the conman would then guide the associate to his actual residence and take the delivery. 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 police said he duped the company with the help of a local of telecom store owner, Sachin Jain.

There have been other cases where customers have allegedly replaced the items ordered with similar products of poor quality.