Flipkart delivery boy steals 12 iPhones, swaps them with China fakes

A Flipkart delivery boy has apparently stolen at least 12 iPhones worth a whopping Rs 5 lakh using an ingenious method which fooled the e-commerce site for over a month. He’s now been arrested and thrown into judicial custody.

B Naveen, a 21-year-old BCom graduate based in Chennai, had been working for Flipkart for over 6 months. He began placing orders for the iPhones using a fake address in the Washermenpet area where he was the delivery in-charge. He then picked up the handset at the warehouse, took it to his home, and exchanged it with a fake China model.

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Naveen made sure he replaced the real iPhones with the fake ones outside the warehouse to avoid getting caught by CCTV cameras. He then returned the counterfeit smartphone back to his employer citing unsatisfied customers. The warehouse owner eventually sensed that something fishy was going on since there were so many returns from the same region.

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Flipkart then swung into action, launching a probe into the matter. The site then discovered that the iPhones which were sent out were not the same as the ones returned. Naveen was arrested by the police on July 3 upon receiving a complaint from the warehouse owner.

According to law enforcement, he had concocted the plan under the advice of an advocate to settle his debts which he had accumulated due to his extravagant lifestyle during college. Naveen was later produced before a magistrate and is now in judicial custody.