Affiliate Identity Theft

Online criminal complaint filed at the Local Police in Boise (ID):

I would like to file a complaint against Boise Citizin Ms *****(removed), President of Keynetics Inc., owner of Click Sales Inc (=Clickbank.com) 915 W Jefferson St Boise ID 83702 USA. Her company Clickbank has stolen and is stealing money from me and many other affiliates by allowing Internet Thieves to replace my – and other affiliate ID’s with their Own Clickbank Affiliate Id’s. The fact that Clickbank willingly and knowingly allows Thieves to become Clickbank affiliates is a criminal act. Below you’ll find much more info in the form of a News tip submitted by me to many News Agencies in The USA.

Thank you very much.
Dick Detering.

Submitted to the FTC, to the BBB Idaho, to the Local Police in Boise (ID), to many Internet Forums and to a large number of Online News Agencies:

Breaking News:

I filed an online Complaint about Clickbank with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau in Idaho on Tuesday Nov. 15 2005. On Nov. 16 2005 I also filed a Criminal Complaint online with the Local Police in Boise ID against *****(removed) President of Keynetics Inc., owner of Click Sales Inc (=Clickbank.com) 915 W Jefferson St Boise ID 83702 USA.

The Text of the complaint (see also TOP) is as follows:

I am an Affiliate of http://www.clickbank.com So my business is e-commerce (selling products online for several Merchants and receiving commissions for sales originating from my websites). From one day to another all my commissions stopped. Complaining with Clickbank only produced standard replies stating that they are doing much to prevent commissions from being stolen. It’s sure that I’m the victim of identity theft. Also called affiliate id hijacking /affiliate username hijack/ cookie stuffing. For more info pls see http://commission-theft.tripod.com and for pure technical info see http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/180-affiliates/ As you can see in the Last URL, the real thiefs are 180solutions.com and other “ID Hijack” companies.

Then why this complaint against Clickbank.com?

Well if Clickbank makes only a few changes in the way they track affiliate commissions (see http://commission-theft.tripod.com), then the problem will soon be over all over the internet, because for sure all the other big Affiliate Marketing Companies will follow the biggest of all: Clickbank. Thousands of affiliates are complaining, but so far nobody thought of filing an official complaint with the FTC, the BBB and the Police.

That’s why, if the FTC and/or the BBB and/or the Police do something about this huge Internet Fraud, it would be sensational news. Clickbank is closing its eyes for the crimes on purpose: They earn a lot of money from the Merchants and it simply doesn’t interest them who receives the commissions: the thieves or the genuine affiliates. And NOT reporting a crime plus even paying the thiefs knowing that they are thieves, is also a crime, isn’t it? So Clickbank is willingly and knowingly committing crimes for more than 3 years now! That’s my complaint against Clickbank. If the crime can be supported by enough proof, then CB will have to pay millions and millions of dollars to all those affiliates who lost so many commissions due to CB’s refusal to take appropiate actions. Click Sales Inc is a subsidiary of Keynetics Inc. in Idaho.

The President of Keynetics is *** (removed). Here is the proof that I’m telling the TRUTH: search in Google for: commission theft clickbank and you’ll get more than 70,000 websites about this subject! Ask other affiliates and my statement will be confirmed. Type the same or related searches in any Search Engine and you’ll see similar results. ETC. ETC.

Below you’ll find the Last of many emails I sent to Clickbank and their Last response:

Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 01:16:50 -0800 (PST)
From: “Dick Detering”
Subject: Problem
To: accounts@clickbank
SECOND REQUEST

Sorry Clickbank to approach you again with this annoying subject. I have more visitors to my “Click Bank sites” than ever before (appr. 500 per day) and since I have so many visitors there are no more sales!! This proves that some one is STEALING from me. Any other cause should be excluded. Note: all my cloak hoplinks are tested and all of them are set up 100% correctly!!

Please visit http://clickbanksuccessforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1485 and http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/180-affiliates/ for more info on this SCANDAL.
The ONLY SOLUTION is for Clickbank to alter their “last-affiliate-cookie-set-gets-commission” policy sightly so if a previous affiliate cookie has been set within the last say 5 minutes, it won’t be overwritten.
Thanks.

Dick Deterin?
Last response:
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 14:35:05 -0700
From: “eca@clickbank.com”
To: “Dick Detering”

Subject: Re: Security
Hello Dick,
Our system has been designed to credit the last affiliate that drove the customer to the website. We feel that this allows the most recent link used to receive the credit that they deserve. We are constantly evaluating our system to make sure that it is fair and accurate. We feel that as it stands, our tracking system and referral process is taking care of both of these concerns. We take all feedback from our clients into consideration, so I thank you for sending me your concerns. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
ClickBank Customer Support
accounts@clickbank.com
www.clickbank.com

Author: Dick Detering

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  • clickbank affiliate

    September 26th/2006

    ATTENTION all Rich Jerk (ClickBank) Affiliates – The Rich Jerk is SCREWING you out of your commissions

    Have you noticed that when you go to his website at http://www.TheRichJerk.com/site/intro?.hop=YourClickBankID), you are FORCED (by a squeeze page) to submit a name and email address in order to view the website.

    Now that he has got you on his mailing list, he sends you daily newsletters and of course encourages you to buy his product, but the problem is that the link he wants you to buy from actually goes to http://www.RichJerk.com which is his infomercial product.

    In other words he is using us to drive traffic to his clickbank website and then he underhandedly diverts your potential buyer over to his infomercial product so you have no way of getting credit for the sale.

    I caught him doing this a few months ago and I lodged a complaint with Clickbank who finally confronted the Rich Jerk and made him stop .

    It seems now that some time has gone by and he figures he will do it again.

    My rich jerk sales have come to a complete halt over the last two weeks because of it.

    I have contacted ClickBank once again but have not heard back from them yet.

    I am sending this message out to everyone and anyone in an effort to get this scumbag to STOP this Sneaky, Low handed practice.

    He is RIPPING OFF his own affiliates

    He really is a JERK

    I encourage all ClickBank affiliates to pass this on.

    If there is anyway you can help me to spread the word about this SCUM BAG please contact me at monkeytatt@gmail.com

  • http://affiliate-team.com/The-Rich-Jerk.html Screwed by The Rich Jerk

    I too have been screwed by the Rich Jerk, and he is not the only one doing that. A LOT of clickbank products have a sign in form before they actually buy.

  • http://www.knowledgecreatespower.com Suzanna

    Found your article and it has reinforced my belief about affiliate theft. Read about the Claria, WhenU,Gator,Zango and 180 and will start looking for what is installed on my computer. It is terrible what is going on with the theft, not only from affiliates but from merchants also.
    By the way, your one link http://commission-theft.tripod.com HAS BEEN HIJACKED and now goes to an Adult Site. What if any Anti-spy ware removal programs will get rid of these pests and which ones can we trust now after reading through the 180Solutions article.
    Cheers and God Bless

  • http://www.onlyreviews.com Jason

    For what it’s worth, The Rich Jerk is based out of Carlsbad, California and his real name is Kelly Felix. I wrote a review about him, among others, on my website. I can’t confirm this activity as fact, although this is not the first time I’ve heard affiliate complaints that market Felix’s stuff through clickbank. Has anyone else had these issues?

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