According to a report by NewsWeek, dirt scam is getting popular with time. What they do is order expensive items from Amazon and when the delivery gets to them, they take out the items and fill the delivery boxes with dirt to the same weight as the original packages.
With Amazon’s policy of refunding money for items when returned, they send the boxes filled with dirt to the company for a refund of their money. In most cases, the company rarely open the package immediately.
The Ghanaian identified as 22-year-old James Gilbert Kwarteng lives in Diario de Mallorca, Spain used this trick to successfully scam Amazon.
According to what we gathered, all the money James got from Amazon was not used to live a lavish lifestyle but rather used it to start his own company Kwartech.
He has so far been arraigned before court after his arrest on Sunday but he’s been released on bail set at €3,000.
This is not the first time a scheme like this has been uncovered in relation to the multinational e-commerce company.
An American couple, Erin Finan and Leah Jeanette Finan, pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges of mail fraud and money laundering after scamming Amazon out of about $1.2 million worth of consumer electronics, according to CNBC and a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana.