Affiliate Identity Theft
The online criminal complaint filed at the Local Police in Boise (ID):
I would like to file a complaint against Boise Citizen 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 another affiliate ids 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.
Submitted to the FTC, to the BBB Idaho, to the Local Police in Boise (ID), too many Internet Forums and a large number of Online News Agencies:
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 charges 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 real technical info see http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/180-affiliates/ As you can see in the Last URL, the real thieves 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 the BBB and the Police do something about this vast 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 just doesn’t interest them who receives the commissions: the thieves or the genuine affiliates. And NOT reporting a crime plus even paying the thieves to know that they are thieves, is also a crime, isn’t it? So Clickbank is willingly and knowingly committing crimes for more than three years now! That’s my complaint against Clickbank. If enough proof can support the crime, 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 appropriate 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”
To: [email protected]
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 someone is STEALING from me. Any other cause should be excluded. Note: all my cloak hop links 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.
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 14:35:05 -0700
From: “[email protected]”
To: “Dick Detering”
Subject: Re: Security
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.
ClickBank Customer Support
Author: Dick Detering
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