Police said Chopra used to place his orders of expensive phones of brands like Apple, Samsung, Oppo on the app of Amazon and pay through gift vouchers.
From each purchase, Chopra made a two-fold profit- once by receiving the refund and later by selling the phone without its box and documents.
As per the police, the accused, identified as Shivam Chopra, bought over 166 expensive mobile phones via the online e-commerce store Amazon and consequently demanded refunds claiming he had received an empty box.
Along with associate, he ordered cellphones from various customer accounts.
An ordinary guy who duped an e-commerce website and claimed refunds running into lakhs of rupees - the case is not a first of its kind.
The bluffmasters came under police net after one Syed Ishaq, 36, filed a complaint on behalf of Amazon Seller Services Private Limited.
The police have arrested Chopra and his accomplice Sachin Jain, 38, a telecom operator residing near his house for supplying almost 140 pre-activated SIM-cards to the former to place orders in different names to dupe the e-commerce website.
"This modus operandi was repeated for all 166 orders that were placed by the accused between April and May this year", said Milind Dumbere, deputy commissioner of police (north west). Since the addresses were incorrect, the delivery men failed to locate the address on the package and would call the accused for directions. Chopra allegedly used different SIM cards to place his multiple orders with Amazon, citing a new customer name and residential address each time.
Now, he used to order another smartphone with the gift voucher, and sell off the handset received earlier to black markets such as Gaffar area in North-West Delhi, or at Olx/Quikr portals.
On the basis of the mobile numbers used to make calls, questioning of locals and with the help of Amazon delivery persons Shivam, a resident of Tri Nagar in Ganesh Pura was identified.