Hikvision EZVIZ Amazon Scam Revealed

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Apr 26, 2017

Hikvision is violating US Federal Trade Commission guidelines and Amazon rules with a "Honest" Review Program scheme that provides gift cards to friends and family of Hikvision and EZVIZ employees to buy cameras and leave 5 star reviews on Amazon.

IPVM has obtained Hikvision documents and has filed complaints with the US FTC and Amazon.

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