mazon.com has become a fairly huge part of our daily lives. With the ease of ordering and speedy delivery that comes with Amazon Prime, many people have abandoned going to the store altogether and do 100 percent of their shopping online.
A couple in Indiana took their Amazon obsession to a whole new level and managed to con the online retailer out of a LOT of money. Keep reading to hear how they almost got away with it. And no, we don't suggest you try this at home.
It turns out that Amazon has an extremely generous return policy.
A quick call to customer service will most times get you a refund on your order or, at the very least, a replacement on a damaged item.
Because of its massive size, it’s most likely easier for Amazon to dole out refunds than take the time to investigate each and every claim.
A couple Muncie, Indiana decided to use this loose refund policy to their advantage.
According to a recent press release from the Department of Justice, Eric Finan and Leah Finan stole 1.2 million dollars worth of electronics before Amazon caught on.
That must have been a TON of Amazon packages.
According to the release, the couple would start the con by ordering electronics.
They would then claim that their orders would arrive damaged and remand a refund.
In order to keep their cons hidden, they created hundreds of fake Amazon accounts.
They ended up scoring over a million dollars worth of goods.
This included a variety of Xbox game consoles, GoPro cameras, Samsung smartwatches, and Microsoft Surface tablets.
It turns out, however, that the couple didn’t act alone.
A man named Danijel Glumac, who acted as the couple's broker, was also involved.
After getting a refund for the items, the Finans sold them to Glumac for less than market value.
Glumac then proceeded to sell the items to an unnamed New York establishment for a marked-up price.