Scammers Break The Kindle Store

Scammers break the Kindle Store. If you are an author and have books in Kindle Unlimited, you’ll want to read this.

David Gaughran

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.

The Kindle Store is officially broken.

This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.

Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.

I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.

Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the…

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2 Responses to Scammers Break The Kindle Store

  1. Sue White says:

    This is outrageous! Why isn’t Amazon taking corrective action? Are they unconcerned that their site has been hacked? What’s next–customers accounts being taken over? I may have to stop using Amazon to buy my MANY books each month.


    • Thanks for weighing in, Sue. Since this article was posted Amazon has cleaned out a lot of the scammers. Of course when you’re dealing with the internet there are always going to be those who try to game the system. It’s a full time job. A lot of my books are all in with Amazon, but I watch them carefully. I wouldn’t stop buying books from them. No one has the variety that Amazon has.



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