Amazon staff are ‘taking bribes of more than $2,000′ from online merchants to delete bad reviews, restore banned accounts and reveal customers’ private buying trends

Amazon staff are purportedly selling confidential customer information to online vendors for payments of more than $2,000 (£1,500).

Sellers, predominantly based in China, are buying the data in a bid to gain an edge over competitors and boost sales on the online store, according to a new report.

Amazon confirmed it was investigating these new allegations, which also accused employees of offering to delete negative reviews and restore banned accounts for cash.