U.S. News | Amazon Sues Cyber Criminals over Fake Job Advert


Amazon has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against cyber criminals running a scam online employment scheme using the Seattle-based e-commerce company’s name and trademarks.

The plaintiff alleges that the criminals were defrauding victims into applying for jobs with Amazon trademark and logo and using the victim’s bank details to purchase phones.

According to the lawsuit, the criminals placed advert on genuine job site such as indeed.com. Victims are sent two separate emails containing job interview-style questions, after which they are offered a so-called training exercise where they gain access to the victim’s wireless phone accounts and use their details to purchase phones deceiving them of reimbursement after the training exercise.

Amazon claimed that “Among other things, Defendants instruct the victims to contact their wireless carrier to ensure the carrier processes the transaction”.

“Through fake recruiting schemes like the one alleged in this case, cybercriminals attempt to exploit the public’s awareness of Amazon’s growth and the potential for employment opportunities with the company,” Amazon said.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com