Amazon shuts down multiple fraudulent affiliate marketing Schemes

Amazon has shut down multiple affiliate marketing fraud schemes across the United States to protect customers from bogus emails and phone calls.

Amazon filed three lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, and Texas to prevent false affiliate marketing schemes. The schemes recognized in the lawsuits spammed email addresses with Amazon branded-emails to attract those receiving the emails to click on the links. The traffic was then directed to other online marketers promoting artificial Amazon-branded surveys.

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Amazon has closedown the schemes at issue in the lawsuits. In Michigan, the defendants have admitted to a court order forbidding them from using Amazon’s brand.

In a separate scheme, Amazon also stopped fake Amazon-branded email campaigns run by companies and individuals in Colorado and California.

These actions follow last year’s lawsuit against an Illinois-based affiliate marketer, First Impression Interactive, Inc. and its owners who were liable for 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.

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