Five Stars: Amazon Takes Down Review Scammers

The Verge reports:

Amazon’s top reviewers in the UK appear to have engaged in fraud, leaving thousands of five-star ratings in exchange for money or free products. The company took down 20,000 product reviews following an investigation by the Financial Times.

Scams like these typically start on social networks and messaging apps such as Telegram, where companies can meet potential reviewers.

Once the connection is made, the reviewer chooses a free product, then waits a few days to write a five-star review. After the review is posted, they get a full refund, and, at times, an extra payment.

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