The New York Times has an article today that exposes the empire of ONE MAN who is largely responsible for multiple 10,000+ item Amazon sellers, weird brand names, wildly over-priced items, mysterious returns, drop-shipping, and more on Amazon. Pretty much a cornucopia of shady seller tactics on Amazon these days.
The vast international illegal operation employs hundreds of fake companies, fake churches, fake bookstores, fake department stores that may or may not exist, fake brands, fake HB1 visas, fake reviews, a fake university in California full of “students” on student visas who write click-bait and fake reviews, and even a fake psychiatric hospital. Oh, and apparently a lot of shady fake Amazon sellers. Not confined to Amazon, the empire also involves multiple click-bait farms and fake review farms, and even Newsweek magazine. All part of a vast hidden empire run by a man named Park.
Although not addressed in the article, does anyone want to bet that this organization doesn’t also file bogus complaints against competitors on Amazon?
I cannot post a link, but the long multi-part article is entitled A Business With No End in the New York Times, November 28.
VERY informative reading.