Class 10th Dropout Defrauds Amazon Of Rs 1.3 Crore In 5 Months

| March 13 , 2018 , 15:55 IST

A class 10th dropout employee of Amazon India defrauded e-commerce giant of Rs 1.3 crore over a five-month period in Karnataka.

The accused worked as a courier and allegedly manipulated card payments. The fraud came to light at the time of the company's quarterly audit in February.

The accused, Darshan alias Dhruva, worked for the courier company Ekdanta. As per the reports, Amazon had an agreement with Ekdanta for delivery of its products to Chikamagalur in Karnataka.

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According to the reports, the e-commerce site had given Darshan a digital tab to collect money from customers and update delivery-related information. The machine came with a card-swiping unit. Darshan managed to accept card payments and yet divert the money from Amazon by rigging the tab. At the time of swiping the card during delivery, Darshan generated a false payment alert.

Chikamagalur SP K Annamalai said, “We suspect Dhruva 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.”

Four youths, including Dhruva, have been arrested, while two others are absconding. Twenty-one smartphones, a laptop, an iPod, an Apple watch and four bikes were seized from the accused.

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The arrests were made after a senior manager at Amazon lodged a complaint on March 8 in Basavanahalli police station alleging that Dhruva had cheated the company to the tune of Rs 1.3 crore.