A 22-year-old Ghanaian boy residing in Spain has been arrested for plotting over 300,000 euros to Amazon. This is the largest amount stolen from the online trading giant.
James Gilbert Kwarteng of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, allegedly misled Amazon’s parcel verification system. He replaced his orders with earth, reports El Español and El Diario de Mallorca.
James Gilbert has taken advantage of the offer of Amazon that offers its customers to return free packages within 30 days after delivery. Unfortunately for the company, the returned cards are not checked. They are simply weighing to make sure the content is there.
The young man bought goods and once he received his package, he weighed it before opening. Then, he removed the product and filled the cardboard with earth to obtain exactly the same weight as at the origin. Then he closed the package, returned it to Amazon and demanded a refund. He resold stolen objects, and even created his own site.
He did so for years and got away with a loot of over 300,000 euros. The scam was discovered only after a random search.
James Gilbert Kwarteng faces a six-year prison sentence for fraud and criminal organization.
Amazon’s return policy states that items ordered can be returned within 30 days of receipt. Refunds are processed in two business days.