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Amazon asks shoppers to cooperate with U.S. probe of coronavirus price-gouging – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Inc has started asking customers to cooperate with a Department of Justice criminal investigation of third-party sellers on its e-commerce marketplace, according to an email seen by Reuters.

The company is informing customers, who may have purchased products from such sellers, according to the email, which was sent by Joell Parks, a senior law enforcement response specialist at Amazon.

The company has come under pressure from lawmakers to nab sellers who have taken advantage of fears of the spreading coronavirus and engaging in price-gouging on its website.

On Wednesday, four lawmakers, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline, sent a letter to the Justice Department asking the agency to investigate the matter.

Earlier this month, the…

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