How a Couple Managed to Scam over $1.2 million USD Dollars from Amazon

How a Couple Managed to Scam over $1.2 million USD Dollars from Amazon

Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 37 would appear to their neighbors as a normal suburban couple living in Muncie, Indiana. Turns out these two people were seasoned master scammers who grifted using a little know flaw on the Amazon shopping portal.

Last updated on May 16th, 2018 at 11:13 am

Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 37 would appear to their neighbors as a normal suburban couple living in Muncie, Indiana. Turns out these two people were seasoned master scammers who grifted using a little know flaw on the Amazon shopping portal.

The Scam

Buying items and then reporting them missing or damaged. That’s how they bagged and resold over 700 pieces of high end electronics including Apple Products, cameras, Microsoft Gadgets, Samsung smart devices.

 How did they do it?

Amazon’s return scam has been known for years, both within hacking circles and among sellers who have been scammed. At Amazon, it’s often cheaper to replace items when these claims are filed than to investigate. Buyers risk getting banned for too many missing or defective item claims, but the Finans made “hundreds of false online identities” to avoid detection bought the items, flagged them as not received and then fenced them to a chap named Danijel Glumac. They were finally caught not by Amazon but by the Indiana State Police and the IRS. More recently, the Finans pleaded guilty, and now each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.



Per their plea agreement, the couple waived their right to appeal the decision if they’re sentenced to fewer than seven years and three months in prison, and they must repay Amazon $1,218,504.

The Finans only made $725,000 off the scheme, according to authorities. Judge Tanya Watt Pratt set the sentencing for Nov. 9.

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