It needed some serious skills for a courier delivery agent to dupe Amazon India of Rs 1.3 crore over a span of five months before getting caught. Reportedly, a Class 10 dropout rigged the card payments made through a digital tab to defraud the company.
As reported by Times Now, 25-year-old Darshan, alias Dhruva, had his friends order expensive items delivered without any actual transfer of money. To execute the plan, he had four other accomplices. All the culprits have been arrested, and products worth Rs 25 lakh have been seized from them. The recovered items include 21 smartphones, a laptop, an iPod, and Apple Watch. Separately, four bikes have also been seized.
According to the report, Dhruva had his accomplices order several items between September 2017 and February 2018 to Chikkamagaluru City, where he was employed with a courier company called Ekdanta. Amazon India had an arrangement with the company for delivery of products and payment collection during the said period.
While it is not clear as to how exactly Dhruva managed to defraud Amazon, it is believed by authorities that he was able to generate a false payment alert at the time of swiping the credit or debit card during payment collection on the digital tab provided by the company.
It was at the time of the company’s quarterly audit in February that the fraud was tracked. According to the report, the four youth who have been arrested include Dhruva, however, two of the accused are still absconding.
Authorities are now assessing how the accused managed to rig the digital tab to accept card payments yet divert the money from Amazon. “We suspect Darshan had tinkered with the tab and cheated the company by generating a false alert every time. To ascertain the modus operandi, we have sent the tab to the forensic lab,’ the SP K Annamalai is quoted as saying in the report.