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Massive and sophisticated fake review scam unearthed on Amazon - report

Scammers on Amazon are using a complex system to obtain fake 5-star reviews for their products, avoiding detection by using different forms of payment so the purchase seems as normal as any other, a watchdog site has found.

A whopping 13 million records of Amazon users and vendors participating in the colossal con job were discovered by SafetyDetectives, a cyber security team that stumbled on the trove of data on an unsecured ElasticSearch database last week.

The leak amounted to some 7 gigabytes of data, all told compromising the privacy of some 200,000 people.

Those curious about the identities of the vendors involved could find not only email addresses, but also WhatsApp and Telegram numbers. Emails were often shared as well.

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