Report: Amazon asks for customer cooperation in possible price gouging probe

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology

Amazon is reportedly requesting that its customers share information with the Department of Justice (DOJ) if asked.

According to Reuters, the e-tailer sent an email to customers who may have placed orders with sellers on its third-party marketplace informing them they may be contacted by the DOJ. The email, sent from Amazon senior law enforcement response specialist Joell Parks, does not specify the exact nature of the DOJ investigation.

However, Amazon has been removing tens of thousands of overpriced products from its marketplace, and is also taking action against third-party sellers who make false or unsubstantiated claims about a product’s ability to counteract the coronavirus.

In addition, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives have formally asked the DOJ to investigate possible price-gouging by Amazon third-party sellers. In addition, federal charges have recently been filed in Dallas against a number of individuals accused of taking part in an organized effort to resell stolen goods on Amazon Marketplace.

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