I was curious to receive a ICQ authorization request from someone called "real_hosting". As I run my own hosting services, I thought it would be interesting to play along and see what an ICQ hosting spammer does to get new clients. Perhaps he would shed some light on the "competition" that offer prices that are too low in the real world to bring any decent returns.
I discovered he supposedly works from Egypt, where the cost of living is low, and his servers are in the UK. He cannot give me any specifics on his hosting company or his clients, no testimonials or solid facts. He told me that he makes money by shifting lots of cheap hosting at a yearly subscription (he quotes monthly prices on his website - but does not offer monthly subscriptions). He didn't tell me whether he was a reseller or owned his own servers. After I said that "I prefer resellers as they offer better support", he replied that he was a reseller. All very confusing.
His website seemed pretty suspicious as it linked to other domains for support and, on clicking links at the top, a new window popped up with another website.
I did a Google search for his phone number (that required an "ID number") and discovered literally hundreds of near-identical websites. Surely, this is a scourge among the hosting community as multiple faces of any organisation simply reveal a lack of transparency between the company and the clients. If one of his "hosting services" gets any bad press or annoying customers, he can simply close it down and still operate on his remaining domains as if nothing has happened.
Have a look for yourself by entering his main phone number in Google: 1-800-574-0902 .
What do you think about such business practices?
What should I do now (I still have him in the dark on ICQ)?
They are probably using an outsourced tech support provider to handle their telephone support. If you notice under their phone numbers they all provide a "Our ID #" which is probably used when someone calls in.
Originally posted by xlogicgroup They are probably using an outsourced tech support provider to handle their telephone support. If you notice under their phone numbers they all provide a "Our ID #" which is probably used when someone calls in.
Bingo. I tried calling the number to see what it was all about but it appears the line was busy...notice how you have to quote the ID so the outsourced company can bring up the proper companies info.