A Bengaluru woman who managed to dupe online shopping giant Amazon for almost a year is finally behind the bars. She was arrested for allegedly cheating e-commerce giant Amazon India to the tune of Rs 69.91 lakh by making numerous online purchases, returning substandard or cheap lookalikes and selling the original items on another shopping portal.The woman claimed refunds worth lakhs of rupees from Amazon for the delivered products after returning their inexpensive duplicates.
Hennur police identified the suspect as engineering graduate Deepanwita Ghosh (32), a native of West Bengal who lives in Rajanna Layout, Horamavu, Agara, with her husband. She was employed with a professional services company. An avid online buyer, Ghosh decided to deceive the system.According to the police, Deepanwita operated as a seller on a shopping portal using a fake name and received orders from customers across the country. She would then place an order with Amazon (using the customers’ address). After Deepanwita received the payment Amazon has delivered the item (s) to the customers, Deepanwita would place a return request. She would then return lookalike products and receive a refund from Amazon. Ghosh completed 104 such fraudulent transactions and pocketed Rs 69, 91,940 before she was caught by a Hennur police team in April end. She was remanded in judicial custody and sent to prison on charges of cheating and online fraud, police said.
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