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|Type||Online Payment and Money Transfer Service|
|Founded||July 27, 2001|
|Headquarters||London, England / UK|
|Parent||Investcorp Technology Partners|
Moneybookers is a British e-commerce business that allows payments to be made through the Internet. For individual users, the Moneybookers payment system offers an online deposit account and a low-cost, internet-based alternative to traditional money transfer methods such as cheques, money orders and wire transfers. To merchants, Moneybookers allows accepting online payments made with major payment cards or Skrill's own online accounts.
The Moneybookers payment system is owned and operated by Moneybookers Limited, a UK-based company registered as a Money Service Business with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, regulated by the Financial Services Authority and licensed to operate within the European Union. As of 2012, the system is in the process of being transferred to a sister company Skrill Limited (registered in 2010 at the same address) and rebranded as Skrill.
The moneybookers.com domain was first registered on 17 June 2001. On 27 July 2001, a company named Moneybookers Limited was incorporated in the United Kingdom. The moneybookers.com website along with the online payment system was launched on 1 April 2002. Almost 2 million new users registered with Moneybookers in the initial 1.5 years of operation. On 2 September 2008, Moneybookers claimed to operate in all countries of the world and handle over 5.5 million accounts.
In February 2010, The Sunday Times ranked Moneybookers as the fastest growing private equity backed firm in the United Kingdom based on profits. As of May 2012, the company boasts of 25 million customers, including 120,000 merchant accounts, its payment gateway being integrated by a number of global online brands such as Facebook, Skype and eBay.
In 2011, Moneybookers announced that they would rebrand their service as Skrill. The rebranding of the site was competed early 2013
Moneybookers allows for sending and receiving payments in 41 currencies, supporting major credit and debit cards. Restrictions include countries on US and/or EU economic sanctions list. Since 2008, US-based customers could not receive money from non-US Moneybookers accounts, and non-US customers could not upload funds or send payments using US payment cards or bank accounts. As of February 2013[update], United States is not included on the list of supported countries.
Moneybookers accounts can be held in any of major currencies but once the first transaction is made it is not possible to change the account's currency.
Individual customers can open an account with Moneybookers through registering their email address and certain personal data on the company's website. Completing an optional identity verification process allows sending/receiving higher-value payments. Accounts are identified by email address(es) associated with them; consequently, payments from a Moneybookers account (other than withdrawals to own bank account or a payment card) are processed by "sending" money to an email address. An email address once assigned to a Moneybookers account can only be altered or removed with help of Moneybookers support, and there is a limit of four email addresses per account. A "service fee" is charged on accounts that have not been used for a more than 12 months.
For businesses, Moneybookers offers a payment gateway, escrow payments as well as web SMS and fax sending services. Unlike some of its competitors, Skrill does not usually get involved in merchandise disputes, and the availability of credit card chargebacks may be limited.
WikiLeaks controversy 
In August 2010, Moneybookers blocked the account operated by WikiLeaks as a donation collection account, citing the organisation's addition to Australian blacklists and American watchlists. This decision came under fire by free speech activists worldwide as complicit with out-of-court pressure applied on WikiLeaks by the government of the United States, as WikiLeaks had not been directly charged with any crime.
See also 
- Companies House: UK company register
- "whois record". 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
- "Companies House registration data: Moneybookers Limited". Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "Moneybookers.com". 2002-01-04. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
- "Investcorp Technology Partners Undertakes Buyout of Moneybookers Limited for EUR105 Million". Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- Telegraph.co.uk, Investcorp to sell Moneybookers
- The Sunday Times: "Deloitte Buyout Track 100 League"
- "Skrill.com – Key facts". Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Moneybookers/Skrill home page". Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- "Moneybookers: list of supported countries". Retrieved 2013-02-17.
- "Moneybookers: Fees". Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Moneybookers: MasterCard". Retrieved 2013-04-25.
- "Moneybookers: Skrill VIP". Retrieved 2013-04-25.
- WikiLeaks says funding has been blocked after government blacklisting The Guardian, 14 October 2010