Amazon Announces Lawsuit to Combat Fraudulent Affiliate Marketing Schemes
Filing accelerates effort to address fake text-message scams
Bad actors in these schemes profit by creating fraudulent text message campaigns that drive traffic to advertisers and websites. These fake text messages are intentionally designed to trick unsuspecting consumers to click on a link by using Amazon’s name and offering recipients “rewards” or other “gifts.”
Instead, victims are redirected to a website to take a survey, which also fraudulently uses Amazon’s brand and promises a reward for participation. Once participants click for their reward, they are sent on to online marketers, advertisers and websites to buy products or services that have no relation to
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“Amazon works hard to build a great, trusted experience for our customers and sellers. These bad actors are misusing our brand to deceive the public and we will hold them accountable. We also want to remind consumers to be vigilant and learn how to recognize the signs of a scam so they are protected, no matter where they shop.”
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
The Better Business Bureauoffers simple tips on how to recognized and avoid scams, https://www.bbb.org/article/scams/8767-bbb-tips-10-steps-to-avoid-scams
March 2021, the U.S. District Court of Utahthe Federal Trade Commission’s filed order against four companies for operating a telemarketing scheme that fraudulently used AmazonAssociates’ name to offer fake work-from-home opportunities.
June 2020, Amazonshut down three email based affiliate marketing schemes in Michigan, Colorado, and California.
April 2019, Amazonstopped an Illinois-based affiliate marketer, First Impression Interactive, Inc.and its owners from advertising fake work-from-home jobs with Amazon. As a result of Amazon’s efforts, First Impression and its owners are now prohibited from using Amazon’s brand in any future marketing.