Amazon reportedly fires workers in seller scam crackdown

Amazon reportedly dismissed workers in the US and India.

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Amazon reportedly fired workers in the US and India for allegedly giving internal data to independent sellers linked to scams.

Following an investigation into suspected bribes, the e-commerce giant took action against disreputable sellers by limiting access to data and deleting thousands of suspicious reviews, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Part of the probe is centered on India, which is suspected to be a major source of data misuse, the paper noted, citing an unnamed source. Some of those workers (as well as others in China) have apparently had their ability to search the company’s internal database limited and can no longer download data via USB ports.

This follows the October firing of an Amazon employee who allegedly sold customers’ email addresses to a third-party seller.

Some sellers are sabotaging rivals by falsely flagging products as fake or infringing trademarks, according to the Journal. 

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Others are buying Amazon wholesaler accounts on the black market — where some Chinese groups allegedly sell them for up to $15,000 — to get access to volumes of product listings and maliciously tweak rivals’ product pages.

Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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