Scammer jailed for defrauding Amazon out of £1.1m

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A scammer who defrauded Amazon out of £1.1m has been jailed.

James Symons, 32, used false names and accounts to sell TVs and other expensive items in the run-up to Christmas which he never delivered.

Amazon was forced to refund the money to customers, then try to trace Symons.

He was sentenced at the Old Bailey on 30 March 2017 to a total of two years and eight months in prison after admitting to making more than £1.1m over four years before his arrest in December 2015.

CPS lawyer Robert Hutchinson said: "Through careful analysis of five fake accounts and more than 1,000 fraudulent sales, the CPS was able to establish the sheer level of deceit by Symons, prompting his guilty pleas.

"He offered discounted high value goods like TVs at bargain prices, with no intention of delivering them.

"The timing of the scam, before Christmas each year, was also no coincidence, aiming to prey on anybody looking for a bargain."


Notes to editors

  1. James Symons [dob 16/06/1984] admitted five counts of fraud committed between May 2011 and December 2014 using seller names JV Audio, Grande T Canada, TF Traders, Quickship, Express Accessories. He was sentenced to two years and eight months on each count, to be served concurrently.
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