Churning out fake reviews on Amazon has become an industry. Here’s how to spot one.

Earlier this year, a server containing direct messages between Amazon vendors and people willing to provide fake reviews was discovered by cybersecurity website SafetyDetectives.

Described as an “organized fake reviews scam,” the server contained over 13 million records (about 7 GB of data), potentially involving more than 200,000 people in “unethical activities,” the SafetyDetectives report said.

“The information found on the…server outlines a common procedure by which Amazon vendors procure ‘fake reviews’ for their products,” the report said, adding that this underscores the “scale and impact” of fake scams on Amazon.

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