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  Post #16 (permalink)   03-17-2004, 08:38 PM
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this scam
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  Post #17 (permalink)   04-06-2004, 08:36 PM
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In January I purchased one year with HostingU. I also purchased my domain name. My site still sits with "under construction" on it. I have been unable to access the site builder, unable to get into the members area, unable to speak with a human being. The company has not ONCE responded to my MANY MANY phone calls or emails. No one EVER answeres the phone (but there is 24/7 service???) The majority of the contact links on their page go NOWHERE. But if you go to my site their link on the bottom of my page works great. Where they can con more people into giving them money!! I sent them messages saying I want my money back, that I will file a complaint, still nothing. I filed complaints with the Wisconson BBB and with the FTC over the weekend. I have already recieved a response from both. I also filed one with the company that was directly responsible for my deciding to go with HostingU. HostAZ.com rates the top 10 web hosting companies. HostingU is listed number 5, it also says they won the Top 10 Web Hosting Gold Award in 2003. Can any one who has done business with this company believe this?? I found them in 03. When I went there to file the complaint HostingU is still listed at number 5. The link goes to the same one I have been working with for 3 months (I use the term "working" loosly). The company that is in "the heart of Wisconson's dairyland". But the information that HostAZ.com gives says 4060 E. Caballero, Annapolis, MD 21401. HOWEVER, the phone numbers are the same!! And if you go to anywho, white pages, yellowpages, or BBB for either state these companies don't appear to exist - outside of cyberspace. I think they are scam artists. And if something is to be done about this type of business practice then more then one complaint needs to be filed. I encourage everyone who has issues with Hostingu.com to do the same thing as I have. We need to show companies like this that the public is not going to accept this kind of business practice. Thanks for reading, and I hope that you will send some emails of your own off today. Brenda

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  Post #18 (permalink)   04-14-2004, 02:09 AM
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I think the site is run by kids, or someone that don't care about his company to much.
Also the company looks like you can trust it because of the nice design, but the layout is just a paid layout
http://hostingu.com/
also
http://advanced-servers.com
I have seen tons of sites with that layout
 
 


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  Post #19 (permalink)   04-14-2004, 02:34 AM
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Wow thats all I can say. I mean you take a guy like me who has worked his tale end off just to get to where I am today. And then along comes a company that screws it up for all the other hosts. Anyway to the point goto your bank and tell them you want to dispute all charges of that company. Thats what I had to do when I purchased a script from a company and they provided no support.
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  Post #20 (permalink)   05-28-2004, 12:50 PM
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wow...lol.., like pyxishost its all i can say.. i never really thought something like all this could happen.. i'm just starting in the hosting industry and this..well this is just not good for buisness..lol

wow..
 
 


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  Post #21 (permalink)   05-28-2004, 10:05 PM
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sue them hehe
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  Post #22 (permalink)   07-13-2004, 10:33 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Website Rob
A more effective method might be to contact their upline provider:

Powersurge Technologies Inc.
http://powersurge.com/

http://www.hostingu.com/
NS1.USERVER21.COM 216.218.211.165
NS2.USERVER21.COM 216.218.211.166

The IPs used by HostingU are provided by Powersurge.
Unfortunately, that didn't work...

An investigation has been launched against hostingu.

If you have been ripped by them, please drop me a line

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  Post #23 (permalink)   07-23-2004, 11:35 PM
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We set up an account with them on 19 Oct 2003 and just like another poster here, it took them about 2 or 3 days before the account could log in. When that worked, we ran into another problem and never heard back from HIM. I say him because we never heard from anyone other than Christopher Decker.
We tried calling the number but never got anyone. At that time, there was an answering machine that basically said "No One is available, try back later" and then hung up giving you no chance to leave a message. We requested the account be cancelled as soon as we saw the support was no where what was advertised and all methods to contact anyone met with silence (4 days tops).

After being told to cancel the account via e-mail many times, he later tried to charge our credit card twice over nearly 3 months. We got those charges back and finally decided to cancel that card and get a new one to thwart any other chances of CC abuse.

cyanide: I would love to know more about the investigation and how we can help. Decker/HostingU fully deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

He never did fully turn over the "free" domain that came with our HostingU package and onlinenic.com is only working on his side. We successfully nagged them and somehow got them to change the DNS after leaving HostingU. However, we recently needed to change the DNS again and they yet again referred us to HostingU.

>Please kindly be informed the domain <domain_name> was originally
>registered through our valued partner HostingU.com Webhosting Services

>Therefore, It would be possible for you contact HostingU.com Webhosting
>Services directly at http://hostingu.com/ for service, if you would like to
>make any modification on your domain. I believe that they may be able to
>suggest something that will help since they are always helpful and kind.

I would also be leary of any company that considers HostingU or Christopher Decker to be a "valued partner" and continues to work with him. I know that those of us on this board can not be the only ones who have had these issues.

>Christopher Decker
>NetWorks Internet Tools
>262-534-7409

I called around and ended up filing a report with the Wisconsin Consumer Protection Agency (if memory serves me correctly). I have yet to hear anything from them as well. Maybe he has friends/relatives there

If anyone reading this decides to not believe those who have posted here, and does business with either company, be sure to do it in a way that you can get your money back. And do not register a domain with onlinenic that you do not want to lose. We have had to fight them tooth and nail to get any changes done to a domain where we were the registered owner.

We finally decided today that it was not worth it and registered another domain.
 
 


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  Post #24 (permalink)   08-10-2004, 01:19 PM
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A bit sketchy on the details, what did you ask them to do?
 
 


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  Post #25 (permalink)   08-11-2004, 03:13 PM
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Nighthawk: You were pm'd sorry for the delay
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  Post #26 (permalink)   08-21-2004, 10:22 PM
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Aloha -----

My experience with hostingu.com was similar to many described on this forum. I am currently pursuing action against hostingu.com, via the Racine County (Wisconsin) District Attorney's Office -- because it's obvious that the lack of tech support and the failure to live up to its advertised refund policy is Standard Operating Procedure for hostingu/Christopher Decker. The Consumer Fraud Investigator handling my case has told me it will be helpful if I can get other people to submit descriptions of their similar experiences with hostingu.com.

Anyone willing to submit such a description, please send me an email, and I will give you the address of the Consumer Fraud Investigator.


Thanks very much for your help! ------
 
 


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  Post #27 (permalink)   09-09-2004, 01:52 PM
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Hi All - I'm a long time hater of HostingU.com. I have given up on tradtional methods. So far, I have tracked "Christopher" to several different locations all across the country. Does anyone really know where he lives? That's all I want/need to know at this point. Thanks.
 
 


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  Post #28 (permalink)   09-09-2004, 02:44 PM
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I think that you should just move on to another host. Can you tell us what your problem was? And as far as needing to know where he lives, I don't see why. Are you implying this as a threat?
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  Post #29 (permalink)   09-10-2004, 01:08 AM
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Originally Posted by weilik
Hmm...the site of HostingU.com looks pretty professional...Nearly fooled by this company if not for some users of them who posted their complaints here..
Their site is created with a template. How do I know? Because I have that template in a pack I bought off the net.

Man after reading all these makes me realise how lucky I am to be where I am and how easy people could fall into such a trap.

All these make me feel real sorry for you all and also makes me wish I had one more talent.. (I think u know what I mean.. starts with d and ends in s)
I also wish you all well and hope this person gets whats comming to him.

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  Post #30 (permalink)   09-21-2004, 02:35 PM
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Jordan - Yes, it was intended as a threat...and it worked. Chris Decker basically held our site hostage for a year. We're not idiots...we tried to switch hosts on numerous occassions, but he wouldn't allow it and would not return our calls. Well, after threatening him numerous ways via numerous mediums, whaddya know, he called us all apologetic and said that he would take care of it. It's in process now. We'll see. For some people, you have to do whatever works.
 
 
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