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Dipti Ranjan Das

Koraput: Amid the COVID pandemic, online delivery of essential commodity is being preferred by the people of the state not just for contactless transactions but because of sourcing goods at wholesale price.

However in a fraud, an e-commerce company in Jeypore town of Koraput district, 'Arnnapurna Enterprise', allegedly shut down the office overnight while the owner has gone missing. The company has allegedly scammed more than Rs 10 lakh from people all over the district.

The alleged scam of the company involved a process of issuing 'identity cards' to people for Rs 275 where customers would get groceries at 30% discount on wholesale price for a year. Around 1500 people have been issued the card.

Further, under the pretext of providing jobs, the owner has pocketed Rs 5000 as registration fee each from over 200 youths.

One of the employees' alleged that they have not been paid salary even once. "We were asked to visit houses and convince poor people to become a member by issuing a card that would give them groceries at a 30% discount," he alleged.

A complaint has been lodged regarding the fraud at Jeypore Police Station. Jeypore Town IIC Balesore Gidhi said that investigation into the alleged scam is on.

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