For Those Thinking About Committing Fraud
We report all credit card fraud and fraud attempts.
Charges for Computer Books Online will
appear on your credit card statement under the name
"Specialty Books and Gifts". We deeply respect
our honest customers, and the following does not apply
We report all
credit card fraud and fraud attempts.
- Credit card fraud is a crime. It is
not a joke, and it will not be treated lightly. If
you submit a transaction with a bad credit card
(stolen, computer-generated, made-up, or other
fraudulent cards), we will turn over any information
we have about that transaction to the fraud
department of our bank, to the FBI, and to the
appropriate authorities in other countries.
- Your IP address and your host's
name are captured when you use our shopping cart.
Along with a timestamp, your IP address uniquely
identifies you. Dynamic IP is not a protection, nor
is the use of a proxy service (including AOL),
because with the timestamp and server logs, your ISP
or proxy holder can name you personally. Even
so-called anonymous services must and will comply
with law enforcement agencies if the information is
subpoenaed. Because it is a crime, your Internet
Service Provider must cooperate in providing contact
information for you, and you will be found and
prosecuted. And that may include being fined and/or
- Because of the growing incidence of
Internet fraud, both in the US and Internationally,
the FBI has formed the Internet Crime Complaint
Center (IC3) to investigate and prosecute Internet
fraud. The US and other countries are becoming very
aggressive in finding and prosecuting this crime.
Read their Press Release at
at the bottom of this page.
- We carefully evaluate each and
every order placed, and if we suspect that your
order may be fraudulent, you will receive an email
asking for payment in the form of a money order, or
for further verification of credit card/bank account
- Due to the tremendously high
incidence of fraud from the following countries, the
only form of payment we can accept at this time is
an International Money Order. We sincerely apologize
to our honest customers from these counties for the
inconvenience this may cause you. Please be assured
that your order will ship promptly as soon as your
payment is received and cleared.
1. Card fraud is a federal crime
and a felony punishable by heavy fines and jail time.
Fraudulent behavior will be prosecuted aggressively and
with a passion to the fullest extent of the law.
2. The ID and address of your computer and your ISP
provider have been determined, and recorded as a
safeguard against fraudulent behavior and may be used by
Computer Books Online or legal entities to prosecute
3. All information must match card account records as
provided by the card-issuing bank. Inputting
intentionally false information is fraud and will not be
tolerated and may subject you to prosecution.
4. Card numbers are processed manually. Just because you
have received an order confirmation, this does not mean
that your charge has been approved, and you can now make
a large fraudulent order.
5. Computer Books Online considers fraud a direct and
serious threat to our business profitability. We do not
take any effort to defraud lightly and will prosecute
whenever and wherever possible to the fullest extent of
the law. This includes hackers.
6. Credit Card Fraud and Computer Hacking are serious
Federal offenses. To insure the privacy and safety of
all credit card holders, we capture all IP addresses at
this web site. All credit card transactions are secure
using the finest encryption. ALL fraudulent credit card
activity is investigated and reported.
7. Charges for
Computer Books Online will appear on your credit card
statement under the name "Specialty Books and
Gifts". We deeply respect our honest customers, and
the following does not apply to you.
The Organization and Website mentioned in the
following press release has been changed. The new
organization name is The Internet Crime Complaint
Center, and the new website url is www.ic3.gov
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Department of Justice
Bureau of Investigation
May 8, 2000
FBI National Press Office
The Federal Bureau of
Investigation, jointly with the Department of Justice
and National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) today
announced the creation of the Internet Fraud Complaint
Center (IFCC). The IFCC was established to combat the
growing problem of fraud occurring over the Internet by
providing a vehicle for victims around the country to
report incidents of fraud online.
Fraud Complaint Center allows consumers who suspect
Internet fraud to share that information with law
enforcement quickly and efficiently," said Attorney
General Janet Reno. "Our ability to work with
private citizens and industry is extremely important to
our efforts to fight Internet crime, and the IFCC is a
major step forward in that fight."
FBI Director Louis
J. Freeh said, "The Internet provides a boundless
new medium for many traditional frauds investigated by
the FBI. That there are real victims suffering
significant losses remains unchanged. This center is
another positive development as law enforcement responds
to yet another facet of cybercrime."
difference in fraud committed over the Internet is that
the perpetrator can ‘virtually' vanish, leaving
consumers wondering who or where to turn to for
help," said West Virginia State Auditor Glen B.
Gainer III, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the
NW3C. "This unique partnership gives victims of
Internet fraud a way to fight back in this largely
unregulated environment," Gainer added.
The IFCC is
cosponsored by the FBI and the NW3C and is located in
Morgantown, West Virginia. A dedicated Web site located
at www.ifccfbi.gov gives consumers nationwide the
ability to file Internet fraud complaints online with
the IFCC. Victims can go directly to the secure IFCC Web
site to submit complaint information, making it a fast
and efficient forum to file an Internet fraud complaint.
IFCC's trained personnel log complaints filed on-line,
analyze them to determine the jurisdiction of the
complaint, conduct the appropriate level of analytical
and investigative work that is necessary, and
disseminate the information to the appropriate local,
state, and/or federal law enforcement agencies for
criminal, civil, or administrative action, as needed.
The IFCC will adequately identify and track new
fraudulent schemes on the Internet on a national and
"The IFCC has
been developed to identify, track, and assist in the
prosecution of fraudulent schemes on the Internet on a
national and international level. This partnership will
allow law enforcement and the private sector to address
and eradicate this growing problem," Freeh said.
Freeh also noted
that without the tremendous contribution from the
private sector in providing their expertise with the
technical support and guidance this project would not
have been possible.
The NW3C is funded
through a grant award from the Bureau of Justice
Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, Department of
Justice. The NW3C provides a national support network
for law enforcement agencies, state regulatory bodies,
state and local prosecution offices, and other
organizations involved in the prevention, investigation,
and prosecution of high-tech and economic crime. It has
had great success in forming cooperative projects
between local, state and federal law enforcement
agencies, and, just as important, between the public and
private sector business.