NEWS TODAY: Warning Amazon Sellers Not to Engage in False Bribes and Payments
Breaking News with Amazon Seller Lawyer: this is a major warning for every single Amazon seller, large and small and it comes out of a criminal case that is getting close to trial in Seattle.
If you are ever speaking with anybody that says, “For X dollars I can get you a screenshot of what’s on Amazon’s computers.” Or, “For X dollars I can get your listing reactivated. I can get your account reactivated.” Or even worse that if you pay, we can have your competitors shut down. Hang up the phone. Never speak to them again.
So there’s a case pending in Seattle, and I’m not going to get into any names where people were arrested for allegedly bribing people at Amazon to do exactly what I’m describing to you. And the Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office in Seattle is not playing games. There was one person in this criminal case that just pled guilty and was sentenced at 10 months in prison. And the other defendants are proceeding to trial in October.
So while I don’t wish ill on anybody, and I believe the government has to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt, you as Amazon sellers have to know this, do not engage with that tells you that if you pay a certain amount of money, they will have Amazon’s staff do things for you they should not do.
If your account is deactivated, contact us for a killer plan of action to get your account reactivated. If your listing or your best listing or multiple listings have been deactivated, contact us to help you write a killer plan of action to persuade Amazon’s staff to reactivate your listings. If you have intellectual property right complaints against your account, contact us so we can analyze the veracity of those IP complaints and whether they are valid or entirely baseless work towards getting those intellectual property right complaints retracted and off your account.
Well, please do not get involved in bribes, payments, guarantees. It’s not good for your long-term business. And there’s certainly some people who are sweating it out, wondering what’s going to happen to them as their case proceeds to a trial in October.