I'm perplexed as to how I should answer an e-mail that I recieved from a client during our discussion when going through the setup process. To make a long story short, he needs several accounts, each on it's own C block IP address.
We charge for additional IP addresses. While I presented this to him at first, some misunderstandings took place, and I in my last e-mail to him, I further explained the monthly fees that we would need to charge. Also, due to security reasons with unique C block IP addresses, I requested for the intened content and useage of these accounts.
He replyed with one line:
Ok. I give up.
No information about whether he would like to proceed, or cancel altogether.
I am now unsure of how to reply. Do I take this to mean that he would like to cancel out so that I can now present him with a refund of the payments he's already made? Thanks for any help.
Originally posted by mgphoto I've found in most cases like this where the client is seeking quite a few IPs they may be looking for a host to spam from.
My suspicious were up about this also.
It turns out that he did want to continue pursuing business with us, and was probably frustrated that I asked a security question about his reasons for the IPs.
After several more e-mails, he still wanted to keep just one account with us on one IP, and get the other IPs from other hosting companies. This immediately put up a red-flag to me, and I decided to turn down all service to him. It's not worth it to me to take that chance.
Like mgphoto says, this smells like a fraud (i.e. person intent on spamming or some such). Tread carefully.
"I give up" sounds like:
Hmm. I thought I could get a ton of IPs and use them for spamming really easily. But you're actually going through due dilligence on this. And I can't really justify why I need the IPs. So I'll just move along to another provider and see if I can scam them.
Oh, and don't worrry about cancelling my account. Since I'll just keep using it for my own illicit purposes until you find out about what I'm doing. Since I'm using a stolen credit card and a false name along with my email address from a free account I feel pretty anonymous anyway. I just hope you don't record my IP address and report me to my cable provider, is all.
Originally posted by jasonl813 Search engines also look for linked sites to be on different IPs in order to improve rankings.
That's actually what his eventual response was. Through my own (and imput of others) searches, I havn't really found anything other than reason to believe that site ranking is not penalized for being in the same C-block.