Following The Wall Street Journal, Amazon confirmed in September that some of its marketplace sellers had bribed Amazon employees to remove negative reviews from their products or to obtain top information such as customer e-mail addresses or sales data. According to FT, Amazon has relieved at least one employee of the job.
FT reports the fired employee had given customer e-mail addresses to a seller. And Amazon has confirmed the news, saying, “The individual responsible for the incident has been relieved of their job, and we’re supporting the law enforcement in the prosecution.” Amazon says it has notified the affected customers and that no other customer information was leaked to outsiders.
According to The Wall Street Journal report, third-party sellers would use middlemen to find Amazon employees and offer them money in return for internal information to gain an edge against competitors. Now, Amazon has put in place systems that restrict and audit the information employees can access.
So don’t panic as Amazon is on top of the issue.