There was 1.2 million new Amazon seller accounts opened last year in the US, but most of those never even sold a thing.
A lot of those seller and buyer accounts are being used for malicious illegal stuff.
Many foreign bad guys have 20,000 buyer accounts and they do all kinds of illegal stuff. Posting thousand of reviews to inferior junk items sold on Amazon, or worse - posting bunch of negative reviews on top selling items to take an honest Amazon seller down and destroy their sales.
The bad actors are using vendor central accounts to hijack, co-opt or destroy other listings on Amazon. If you have a Vendor Central account, you can take over anyone else’s listing on Amazon. So with a Vendor Central account, it’s a major vulnerability that Amazon needs to close. With a Vendor Central account, a hacker can change someone else’s listing easily. One example is so called zombie listings takover : where they can find out products that have been out of stock for a while and go take them over and take over the reviews, doing all kinds of merging and splitting.
It’s insane stuff - We the USA based sellers look at and say: “Holy sheep, how do we compete against that?”
And we can’t.
Russian and Chinese hackers took over Amazon. Amazon Customers are getting fleeced… or worse! These foreign bad actors are not in it for long term business success. They are in to to make a quick buck and get out. They know that eventually Amazon will close their account (although they have dozens of spare dormant seller accounts ready to deploy) - so in the meantime they set out to do as much damage as they can. Earn as much money, any which way, then get out.
They usually do not stop at criminal hijacking of seller listings and unfair competition. Once a customer purchased from them, that customer gave up their name, address, phone number to the criminal foreign seller. Other hackers and identity thieves pay good money for Amazon Customer databases. These sellers started their career on Amazon untilizing hacking and thieving, so selling the Amazon buyers’ info is just an added bonus to their ill-gained revenues.
So it’s not just a USA seller who is on the hit list.
USA Amazon buyers are in serious danger as well.
Scam Marketing Databases.
Cell Phone Scam Databases.
That is what the Amazon Customer’s names are sold to when the unsuspecting buyer gives up their details thinking they are safe buying on Amazon.