HYDERABAD: The Vanasthalipuram police arrested a 25-year-old person for duping Flipkart and Amazon, two big e-commerce portals of Rs 50 lakh. The accused, P Veera Raghava Reddy who repairs computers for a living, was arrested with 120 SIM cards that were procured using fake IDs, DCP, LB Nagar, Tafseer Iqubal said. Raghava Reddy operated a gang with his family members - his elder brother Pulgam Ramchandra Reddy, mother Sitha Rathnam, wife Naga Laxmi and sister-in-law Sindhura - who conspired and cheated the online shopping companies Flipkart for Rs 20 lakh and Amazon for Rs 16.17 lakh.
The modus operandi of the accused is that, he usually places orders particularly INTEL processors, hard disks, other electronic devices through online shopping from Flipkart and Amazon using various fake e-mail IDs, phone numbers and different addresses.
They would then return the devices after removing hardware parts or chip from the articles or replaced the same with a duplicate one, the police officer explained.
“Likewise, the gang members returned the articles at least two to three times by removing an important component from the ordered article and finally used to send a request to the companies to refund the amount as they were not satisfied with the product. On removing/replacing the component/article, they sold the same to others,” police said.
The accused gained around Rs 55 lakh by online cheating.