The large United States online operators is also running an internal operation to try and identify employees, (primarily in Asia) that are selling internal data and other confidential information that can give an edge to independent merchants operating on Amazon sites in countries like Australia, UK and Germany.
Based on a report from Wall Street Journal, Amazon employees are helping independent merchants by providing them with sales data, deleting bad reviews, recovering banned accounts and more in order to give them an edge over other sellers.
The logo of the web service Amazon is pictured in this June 8, 2017 illustration photo.
The investigation began in May after the company was informed about the practice taking place in China, where it is particularly pronounced.
"We are carrying out a thorough investigation into complaints", Amazon said.
Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Journal report said Amazon was investigating "a number" of incidents involving employees in the US and overseas who were suspected accepting the bribes.
You may be wondering what on Earth you could bribe an Amazon employee for: this isn't to prevent Alexa from revealing just how much you sing Salt-N-Pepa songs when you think you're alone.
"We hold our representatives to a high moral standard and anybody disregarding our Code faces train, including end and potential legitimate and criminal punishments", an Amazon representative said.
Amazon is investigating reports that employees have offered to disclose private sales data and delete negative consumer reviews in exchange for cash. Using a couple of tips and tricks straight from Amazon workers, you can erase negative reviews from your products, this would lead to a bad user experience for the customers at the world's largest marketplace.
According to WSJ, Amazon has been investigating this topic for months.
This not only allows the sellers to completely have the bad reviews deleted, but also to connect with the customers who leave bad reviews and try to persuade them to adjust or delete the reviews altogether, sometimes offering free products in return.
Brokers on behalf of employees, who were yet to be identified, the report said, took anywhere from $80- $2000. "We implement sophisticated systems to restrict and audit access to information", Amazon stated.