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Ernst & Young probes Cashback fraud at Paytm Mall
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Ernst & Young probes Cashback fraud at Paytm Mall

E-commerce platform Paytm Mall has engaged consulting and audit major EY to investigate a cashback fraud involving some of its employees and merchants, according to sources. Some employees of the Alibaba-backed company allegedly worked with third-party vendors and created fake orders to siphon off cashback offers. According to sources close to the development, the investigation has been going on for almost a fortnight and some employees have also been fired. When contacted, Paytm Mall in an e-mailed statement said, under the partnership, EY will "undertake frequent audits to identify, analyse and monitor various in-built and outsourced processes". It will also recommend global practices that will be applied to build a tech-driven fraud prevention system. Admitting that its ...
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Charged with Fraud by US Regulators
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Charged with Fraud by US Regulators

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Tesla CEO Elon Musk with securities fraud accusing him of misleading investors in tweets about taking the company private last month. It was in August that Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private. He also stated that he had raised funds for the same purpose. But, he never took the company private, instead continued with it being public. The SEC said Musk's statements on Twitter were "false and misleading" and that he had never discussed the plans with company officials or potential funders. However, Musk rejected the SEC's allegations, calling the charges baseless and swearing to defend himself. "This unjustified action by the SEC leaves me deeply saddened and disappointed," Musk said in a statement. "I have always taken action i...
Blood-Testing Company Theranos is Shutting Down
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Blood-Testing Company Theranos is Shutting Down

Health technology company Theranos based in California that was once known as a high flying blood-testing start-up accused of cheating and betraying its investors is reportedly shutting down. It is being stated that the company was not able to sell itself and is now looking to pay unsecured creditors its remaining cash of about $5 million in the coming months. A major portion of the employees already had their last day. Theranos tries to sell itself, but, unfortunately, nobody was willing to acquire a company that has been disgraced and lost its investors nearly $1 billion. This move has come three months after the company’s founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, along with former chief operating officer Ramesh Balwani were charged with criminal fraud. They were accused of misleading ...
Indian Bitcoin Master Arrested for INR 2,000 Crore Fraud
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Indian Bitcoin Master Arrested for INR 2,000 Crore Fraud

The person behind GBMiners, the firm credited for introducing bitcoin mining in India, has been arrested for swindling over 8000 investors of INR 2,000 crores in the state of Maharashtra alone. Amit Bhardwaj, one of most well-known person in the digital currency world, and his brother Vivek Bharadwaj were arrested after evading the police for over the year. This is the first time that an enforcement case investigation report (ECIR) was filed in India under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in Mumbai. More people are involved in the ECIR such as Ajay Bhardwaj, Rupesh Singh, Hemant Chauhan, Hemant Suryavanshi, Kaka Ravde and more. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Cybercrime Cell of Pune Police are all going to take actions against the culpr...
Gang Posing As Sellers Robbed Flipkart Off Rs 17 Lakhs
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Gang Posing As Sellers Robbed Flipkart Off Rs 17 Lakhs

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] group of nine people posing as online sellers exploited Flipkart's Seller Protection Fund (SPF) and cheated the billion dollar e-commerce giant. The fraud was being committed since the early 2017 where a group of posers, registered as Flipkart's online seller found a work-around to cheat the company. As per the police report, they studied the SPF scheme that guarantees an automatic refund to the seller if the sold product goes missing or is damaged in transit in case of a return from the customer and plotted to take the company for a ride. Possibly operating out of West Bengal, the gang had registered as different sellers and started shipping their products via Flipkart's logistics services. Every time the customers returned the product stating that the product i...
Britain Loses 1 Billion Pounds Through VAT Fraud and Error by Amazon and eBay Sellers
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Britain Loses 1 Billion Pounds Through VAT Fraud and Error by Amazon and eBay Sellers

Britain is losing up to 1 billion pounds ($1.28 billion) a year in value added tax (VAT) because of fraud or error by sellers using online marketplaces eBay and Amazon, a report by the government auditor said. The National Audit Office (NAO) said on Wednesday that the sellers involved are often based in China and that consumer regulator Trading Standards had found that U.S. companies Amazon and eBay had failed to remove sellers that were flouting VAT rules, even after being informed of the sellers' non-compliance. "The size of the VAT losses due to online VAT fraud or error on transactions taking place on Amazon’s and eBay’s online platforms could be up to 1 billion pounds a year," the NAO said, citing latest figures from the Trading Standards Institute. All retailers selling to c...
Woman Entrepreneur Writes to PM Modi Against Stayzilla Fraud
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Woman Entrepreneur Writes to PM Modi Against Stayzilla Fraud

The woman proprietor of Chennai-based advertising Jigsaw Solutions, which was allegedly defrauded of Rs 1.69 crore by Stayzilla, today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to address issues of funding and transparent business models at the earliest. Radha Shekhar, in a letter to Modi, said this was needed to avoid any suffering women entrepreneurs like her face at the hands of a few 'unscrupulous businessmen' posing as startups. Jigsaw had alleged Stayzilla had defrauded it of about Rs 1.68 crore for services it rendered since last year. Yogendra Vasupal, co-founder of Stayzilla, an online hotel and homestay booking company, was arrested on March 14 for alleged cheating and criminal intimidation. He has twice been denied bail. Radha also wrote to IT Minister Ravi ...
ShopClues Founder Aggarwal Files Defamation Case Against Wife, Co-founder Over Role Downplay
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ShopClues Founder Aggarwal Files Defamation Case Against Wife, Co-founder Over Role Downplay

NEW DELHI: ShopClues co-founder Sandeep Aggarwal today said he has filed a criminal defamation case against other co-founders -- Sanjay Sethi and estranged wife, Radhika -- in Delhi courts earlier this month alleging them of downplaying his role in creation of the online marketplace. The statement, issued by Sandeep's press team, comes a day after he made several allegations against Radhika in a series of Facebook posts. ShopClues was valued at over USD 1 billion last year. Its investors include GIC Pte Ltd, Tiger Global Managment LLC and Nexus Venture Partners. Apologising for the emotional outburst on social media and saying such acts will not happen again, the statement said, "Sandeep has been wronged on multiple counts by people he trusted the most. He is deeply hurt and while...