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Home Depot’s $300,000 Door-Return Scam: How One Man Fooled Stores Across Eight States!

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A Connecticut man, Alexandre Henrique Costa-Mota, is facing charges for allegedly scamming Home Depot stores out of nearly $300,000 through a door-return scheme. According to federal prosecutors, Costa-Mota would enter Home Depot stores in different states, dressed to look like a contractor, and take expensive doors without a receipt. He would then head to the service department, return the doors, and receive store credit, even though he hadn’t made any legitimate purchase.

Once he had the store credit, Costa-Mota would redeem it at other Home Depot stores. In case his return was rejected at one store, he would simply take the doors without paying and try to return them at another location. This fraudulent activity reportedly took place at Home Depot stores across Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

Federal authorities have charged Costa-Mota with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was detained without bail, and his attorney has not yet provided a statement. Between June 2021 and February 2022, the defendant allegedly received around 370 fraudulent store credits as a result of this elaborate scam.

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