Amazon Says Fake Review Sites Tarnish Their Brand
April 9, 2015 – Amazon.com has filed four separate lawsuits against websites that sell fake product and book reviews. The Seattle-based mega retailer alleges that
Buyamazonreviews.com, Bayreviews.com, BuyReviewsNow.com and BuyAzonReviews.com are guilty of trademark violations, unfair competition and deceptive acts, and is seeking restitution. The sites charge between $80 to $100 per review, and even offer verified review packages whereby sellers provide a gift code to the “reviewer”.
This is the first time that Amazon has taken legal action against fake review services, which are rampant and easy to find on sites like Fiverr or even by searching “buy Amazon Reviews.” Critics of Amazon’s review policies have alleged that Amazon has turned a blind eye to the practice for years and rumors have circulated in recent years that Amazon’s standard practice is to buy companies selling reviews, rather than sue them, in order to avoid publicity. Amazon has denied these rumors.