For months, two men in Delhi, Shivam Chopra and his accomplice Sachin Jain, made a killing ordering costly mobile phones online. Simply, because they were not paying for these goods.
Shivam Chopra, a hotel management degree holder used to ordered expensive mobile phones 166 times and after getting them delivered, he used to register complaints of getting empty boxes to raise a refund.
Shivam tried his hand at some jobs. But he wasn't good at keeping them and had ended up without a job. In March this year, he came up with this idea and ordered two phones as a test case. He asked for a refund, and got it.
He would sell the phones either on another online marketplace OLX or 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.
Sachin Jain, 38, a small telecom store owner near his house who had supplied more than a 141 pre-activated SIM cards to Shivam Chopra to let him place the orders in different names, has also been arrested. He would charge Rs. 150 for each number.
The duo have made nearly Rs. 50 lakh between April and May this year before Amazon realised that they were being conned and complained to the police.
The Delhi Police have arrested the duo and also recovered 25 mobile phones, claiming that he allegedly ordered 166 phones from April to May this year, which is yet to be recovered.
19 mobile phones, 12 lakhs in cash and 40 bank passbooks and cheques have been seized from the home of the graduate from a north Delhi institute for hotel management. Apart from the money in the bank, he had also kept Rs. 10 lakh with someone for safekeeping.