Amazon Takes Legal Swing at Fraud Ring REKK in Massive Refund Scam
Amazon’s on a legal mission against a global scam squad known as REKK, accusing them of pulling off a massive “systematic refund abuse” stunt that swiped millions in products. They’ve got 20 individuals from all corners of the globe on their radar, including the US, Canada, England, Greece, Lithuania, and the Netherlands. Amazon claims seven of its own folks from the US were in cahoots with these refund renegades.
According to Amazon, REKK is like the ringleader in an underground scheme, waving fraudulent refunds like a shady magic wand. They’re even flexing on platforms like Telegram, with a fan base of over 35,000. The alleged tactics? Social engineering, phishing, and sneaky maneuvers into Amazon’s systems, all to cook up these sneaky refunds. Customers are apparently getting away with paying just 30% of the actual item price.
Amazon spills the beans that they’ve thrown a whopping $1.2 billion and roped in 15,000 soldiers to fend off theft and fraud. They’ve even brought in the big guns like machine learning to sniff out dodgy refund requests. Now, they’re throwing down in court with 11 requests, demanding damages, coverage for legal bills, and restitution for the unjust enrichment.
While Amazon’s playing it close to the chest on the exact cash amount they’re gunning for, they’re nudging folks over to Dharmesh Mehta’s LinkedIn post. It’s a serious tussle, and Amazon’s making it crystal clear they’re not letting scams slide – protecting customers and merchants is top priority.