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NRI Kerala man receives Vim bar soap, Rs 5 coin from Amazon instead of iPhone12

In a Facebook post, Kerala Police said that the seller returned the money to Ameen. The amount was credited to his account on Thursday but an investigation into the case is ongoing.

A Non-Resident Indian from Kerala has become the latest victim of the rising e-commerce frauds in India. Noorul Ameen, a Kerala man who had ordered an iPhone 12 from the online shopping website Amazon, has received Vim bar,a popular dish-washing soap, and a five rupees coin instead of iPhone 12. However, the items felt similar in weight to an iPhone.

Noorul Ameen had ordered Rs 70,900 iPhone using his Amazon Pay card on October 12 and received his consignment on October 15. He told a regional news channel that his account has been credited with the amount he paid to buy the phone using an Amazon Pay card.

Aware of rising fraud cases, Ameen opened the box in front of the Amazon delivery person and shot a video of it too. An order of a regular Amazon customer is delivered in 2 days, but his iPhone 12 order took 3 days, he told the media.  

Ameen immediately called Amazon customer care and filed a police complaint. After the Cyber Police Station investigation into the case, the police have found that the iPhone 12 which was ordered by Ameen was being used by someone in Jharkhand since September 25. This was 15 days before Ameen booked the phone.

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An investigation officer said the cyber department of the police contacted the Amazon authorities and the Telangana-based seller and found that the phone has been in use in Jharkhand since September 25 this year. When the police contacted the seller, he said the phone was out of stock and that the amount paid by Noorul would be returned.

In a Facebook post, Kerala Police said that the seller returned the money to Ameen. The amount was credited to his account on Thursday but an investigation into the case is ongoing.

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