Federal law enforcement this week arrested four brothers of Abraham’s family in Rockland County, New York. Over the course of two years, four brothers Abraham from New York tried to defraud amazon.com for a total of $32 million and successfully defrauded $19 million, according to prosecution documents. < / P > < p > the four brothers are so proud that they find this system vulnerability and even show off in the WhatsApp family group. The eldest of the four brothers wrote in 2018 that he was “so enjoying killing Amazon, who else can make $500000 in a week?” How do they operate? Four brothers set up a wholesale company in their own home, through the way of “over delivery”, steal the commodity identification code to collect excess payment from Amazon. Specifically, each product of Amazon has a unique identification code, also known as Amazon standard identification code (asin). The supplier has the right to change the products on the shelves to ensure that the products are in line with the description on the website. There are two main channels for third-party sellers to sell goods on Amazon. The first channel is called seller central, where suppliers can sell goods directly to consumers. The second channel is called vendor central, where sellers first sell goods to Amazon, and then Amazon increases the price and then sells them to consumers. The four brothers found a system loophole in the second channel, and they tried their best to mop up Amazon’s wool.
, for example, in a fraud transaction, Amazon bought 12 bottles of disinfectant spray from four brothers, worth 94.03 US dollars. But they sent 7000 toothbrushes to Amazon with the disinfectant spray ASIN, priced at $94.03 each, which is a real toothbrush. The four brothers then used Amazon’s disinfectant spray ASIN code to make a 650 thousand dollar bill to Amazon. They also used $289.78 a bottle of perfume ASIN to send 927 knives to the Amazon, each priced at $289.78, which cost nearly $270 thousand. < p > < p > How could Amazon not find such a low-level civet cat for a crown prince? There are millions of goods on Amazon platform, which can not be completed by manual management alone. Therefore, most of the supplier center channels are fully automated. This leaves a loophole for fraud. When Amazon discovered this vulnerability, it immediately closed the company account of the four brothers, and they opened a new account with a fake identity, and they also used VPN to disguise their IP address to deceive Amazon. However, the four brothers were insatiable and eventually led to the east window incident. Earlier this year, Amazon created counterfeit crimes unit, which recruited many former federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to identify and eliminate fraudulent sellers on Amazon’s platform. To be sure, these four brothers are not the only ones who use the loopholes in the system to fight Amazon wool. < p > < p > Amazon declined to be interviewed by the media on the matter, but expressed thanks to federal law enforcement officials. As for the four brothers, they face charges of conspiracy to defraud, fraud and money laundering. The maximum sentence for the first two crimes is 20 years, while the maximum sentence for money laundering is 10 years. This means that they are likely to stay in prison for decades.