Monday, November 27, 2006

Not Alone

Simple search on Google came across:

"Bliksem Ripped Me Off" from a guy with a strikingly similar story as me.

"fed up with bliksemhosting"

"BliksemHosting Stealing from their old customers!!"

"...And Another"

"Don't trust these crooks named Javier and Christina..."

Rumor has it that Javier Vidueira is trying to start a new company called hostingjoy.com and so it appears he's charging everybody who's credit card he can find to get capital to do it. Even people who haven't been using Bliksem for over a year have been charged.

This is really sad.

20 comments:

Jessica Messer said...

DJ.... so glad you looked at your statement. Its really a comfort to know that credit card companies will back you up for any unauthorized charges. Its a pain, but its nice to be able to get your money back. Anyway, not much I can offer in the way of help or recommendations, but THANKS for putting up with all that you do.
Jess

amynave said...

Can they keep on charging your credit card????? You may have to cancel it:(

kaitlin said...

I think if they do it enough times and credit card companies get wind of it, they will actually do something to prevent them from doing that, instead of canceling cards - they'll basically just not let them do any charges. In the meantime, SOO glad you noticed! Man, that just stinks. I'm off to look at my statement now, too.

Jillian Kay said...

good lord. i hope someone calls the police or whoever. thanks for living the drama for us. :)

OpenSourcePhoto said...

We're collecting a rather large list of people who've been jacked by this guy and we're definitely gonna go after him.

What's he's doing is very wrong and he's taking advantage of the fact that most people won't do anything about it.

Rich Smith said...

We don't host with them but if there's anything we can do to help, let us know. You have an army behind you.

And I'm with Amy... if this guy has your credit card number and isn't afraid to use it even a year from now, you may have to cancel it. How tragic. Hopefully it won't come to that.

Julie Walton Shaver said...

DJ, I ditto what everybody else is saying about THANKING you for all you do for us, and all you go through to make it happen. We sure do miss the forum, but of course we understand these things happen.

I freaked out yesterday when I got the mass e-mail from you and tried to click through to your store. It froze on the click-through tracking page and I thought it was just me! Imagine if even 1 percent of all those 7,000 people you sent that e-mail to tried to click through and couldn't. So besides the pain-in-the-neck credit card charges for the site that doesn't work, you're also losing thousands in potential sales from all those click-throughs that didn't go anywhere. Add that to your claim. If I'm an example, I was going to investigate your borders (the one day sale had me thinking I would finally splurge for that) and I was also interested in Vamos, though I'm not even sure what that is, so I was heading over to OSP to find out about it. But... alas... no store or Web site to click to. : (

I feel bad for you, man! If you need a witness in the law suit, put my name down.

Hope you have a better day,
Jules

Anonymous said...

I get mad at people that take advantage of people. You are right; some people just don't do anything about it--Like me. I opened an account for DELL 5yrs ago, and they offered 90days no interest. They lied! But now they are getting sued for all that money they took from thousands of customers. Reason I know, because I got a legal claim notice in the mail.

Glad to know people like you man!

Thanks for fighting! ;)

Anonymous said...

David, I've been using IX web hosting for a long time now and been really satisfied with them. I don't think I've been down once in 3 years. They are also pretty reasonable. I'm not certain if they have the infrastructure to support what you do, but it would be worth giving them a look.

Feel free to drop me a note if you have questions I can answer. Good Luck,

Michael

Beth Crook said...

DJ - Thank you so much for dealing with this mess just so we can all get our OSP fix ;) You are amazing!

With that said, I just talked to my hubby (who's pretty high up in the cc industry) and he said make sure you call your cc company and claim fraud immediately. Of course, I'm sure you've already done this. But the more it's documented, the more you and many others will have to go after them for their illegal practices. If you have any cc-related questions, feel free to email me and I'll get you the insider info.

And you have all of us behind you 100%!!!

Anonymous said...

DJ- I can't thank you enough for all that you do. Sorry about all this hassle you have been going through. Frustrations like this can distract from more important things in life. Kind of odd that this all happens just a couple days after where you were on Thanksgiving...Stay positive man.

Also, I trust you have already put in your dispute with the credit cards? Generally, you have 90 days to dispute a charge and you are getting pretty close to that on the first charge.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help out.
Colin

Sarah Barlow said...

DJ..I just can't help but ask:
"Have you been denying God's gift of Krispy Kremes"?

;)

LOL! I hope everything works out great! We're praying for you!

blaine said...

WOW, sorry you have to deal with this crap! I had a similar experience with a company called www.catalog.com Stay away from them! I repeat, stay away from www.catalog.com!

My current hosting is through www.lunarpages.com and they have been great!

Anonymous said...

WOW DJ

I read those links this morning and WOW - I'm in shock really! I mean bliksem had a REALLY fantastic reputation! :(

I've backed up the database - but then the site went down. When I can get it back up, I'm going to run that toolbox thing to get us back up for today anyways.

Anonymous said...

Hey DJ,

Thanks for everything, I'm sure this is a major hassle!

I'm one of those that was itching to buy software yesterday, I kept clicking the email links all day to see if it would start working again... Not complaining at all, just wanted to let you know that if you need any written testimony that this is costing you money I'll be happy to help! Anything else I can do to of course, you do have an army behind you!

I've had good experiences with my hoster, 1and1.com. They are a major service provider to other front end hosting companies and have a solid service for a reasonable price, you might check them out...

Good luck and thanks again!

~Bill

Davina said...

Holy cow, DJ! You have had quite the experience over the last few days. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Sorry this is happening DJ. Its even worse when it happens to good people like you. Been through it myself a few times. Hope all works out.

Jessica Messer said...

Thanks to Matt Antonino too for the techie stuff he does.... ;)

turbopenguin said...

DJ,

Hey, at least God'll give you a better hosting company! I miss OSP and really appreciate the effort that you put into it. Do get the charges reversed, though...you don't wanna finance the crooks.

I'm so fortunate that my friend is hosting my blog and being super helpful beyond the extra mile.

You can take a look here:

https://loveblooms.serveblog.net/

Anonymous said...

Oh man, not sure what can be done about insane hosters besides denying them our business and trying to spread the word. Glad to see you blogged about it!
-ZS Zaiss