I was just alerted to this post over at the Lunarpages Blog, regarding Dreamhost’s blatant attempts to charge thousands of their customers with renewal notices several years in advance! To sum it up, Dreamhost was trying to steal their customer’s money. Some people were charged over $800, others charged twice or even three times for payments that were not due for years.
Dreamhost says it was due to a “small glitch” in their payment systems as they were working on editing or some crap. This is what we’ve heard:
A Renown Website Development and Software Lead (who has never worked for Dreamhost – though at this point, we’re all asking, who would??) told me that this kind of “glitch” could have a drastic effect on Dreamhost customers for the next several YEARS. This same world famous technician who owns his own software development company basically told Amy Armitage over at Lunarpages, “It’s not something that can be fixed overnight, as it’s a complicated system error – if their technicians made the mistake of pushing this change live without waiting to check a simple date stamp, then there’s most likely other glitches that are going unnoticed.”
More or less, be careful what you upload to Dreamhost, as who knows WHAT they’re doing with this information.
It’s a scary situation, but luckily Lunarpages has come to the resuce! Check out their blog post for further details on getting $40 off and up to 9 months free hosting!