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Lookout for those Pretender Schemes

Fri, 16th November 2012, 18:45

The Enterprise Corporate Webhosting website touts as fact that the company founded in 1998 and managed by internet entrepreneur Andre Chartrand, has over seven thousand clients, and employs over two hundred employees in the Greater Vancouver area. Enterprise claims it is one of the largest IT companies in Canada. Well at least this is what Enterprise Corporate Webhosting claims on the homepage of their website.

Image of Enterprise Corporate WebHosting site

The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability. Often its not the individual pieces, rather the accumulative effect that produces the picture.

Pieces such as a web hosting company alluding to years in business yet its website in all its glorious entirety consists only of the aforementioned single homepage. A web hosting company website completely devoid of any package offerings, or indications of a pricing structure could possibly be another.

The domain enterprisecorporatewebhosting.com was first registered on June 16, 2012 using ICANN register MONIKER ONLINE SERVICES.  Unlike most companies that feel forced to register every conceivable variation of their domain to protect their brand, Andre Chartrand only chooses to register the dot com TLD. (Somehow I doubt the domain squatters are rubbing their hands in glee over the prospects of scooping this one up).

 

Andre Chartrand: andre.chartrand01@gmail.com
Apt 305, 106-4368 MAin Street
Whistler BC  V0N1B4 CA
Record created on: 2012-06-16
Domain Expires on: 2013-06-16

 

It is generally accepted good practice in web hosting circles to segment the company sites from clients to ensure network connectivity in the event of downtime.  Andre Chartrand obviously understood this principle to mean quite literally, believing a little distance is good and a lot more is better.

Enterprise Corporate Webhosting Inc website is hosted by Funio, the Shared Hosting division of iWeb Technologies, in Montreal. Then again, Funio goal is their  motto: Web hosting made easy.

Speaking of corporate, another inconsistency arises when searching the Industry Canada database of Canadian Corporations. 

Corporations Canada
Search Results

Searched for Corporate Name: Enterprise Corporate Webhosting Inc
0 results were found, 0 returned.

 

Bling

For some, no website is complete sans Bling. Andre appears to have heaped only minimal praise while bestowing the imperative badges of honor. Despite his conservative approach, the BBB took exception to the use of their bling as window dressing and issued a warning, that was later updated:

As of July 31, 2012: the company is using the Better Business Bureau name and seal on its website without authorization. Enterprise Corporate Webhosting Inc. is not a BBB Accredited Business. Consumers should be aware that this business is not in any way affiliated with the Better Business Bureau. 

As of August 24, 2012: the company has removed the logo from its website, upon request from the Better Business Bureau. 

20 complaints closed with BBB in last 12 months 

Lookout for those pretender schemes

In October the BBB did issue a warning to BC-based businesses about an invoice scheme that was using misleading advertising tactics.

Enterprise Corporate Webhosting Inc., based in Whistler, British Columbia, has an F rating with the BBB due to its misleading sales practices. Since July 2012, the BBB has received over 1,035 inquiries about the company and many letters of experience from businesses who received invoices from the company. 

In all cases the companies invoiced had no previous dealing with Enterprise Corporate Webhosting Inc., and felt that the invoice was not justified because no services were actually rendered. The invoice often references webhosting, database installation, or remote accessing services. 

According to local news report, the RCMP General Investigation Section was working on information obtained from the Whistler investigation, and established surveillance on a Nanaimo business the suspect was believed to attend that day. At 3:30 p.m. the suspect attended the business and was arrested. He attempted to fight and flee, but was successfully apprehended by police.

Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair says:

that since September the detachment has been investigating an ongoing scam involving a fraudulent invoicing for web hosting services. Enterprise Corporate Web Hosting issued 1,000 invoices for work not performed for amounts between $130 and $155. The potential for the fraud, he added, is over $100,000 as a result. 

A 24-year-old Gabriola Island man with family connections in Whistler is facing multiple charges in relation to running fraud operation out of the resort town. The suspect has not be named and should be assumed innocent until proven otherwise. 

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