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I got a deal with a guy and he wanted to purchase my website, including the domain name.
So, he sent the payment through a Verified PayPal account. Since it is Verified, I thought it could be no problem to start the domain ownership transfer.
And I asked him for the domain registrant information, such as first name, last name, street address, state, postcode, etc. The information he sent me did match the Verified PayPal account, it is a USA resident.
Then I spent 5 minutes to complete the domain transfer through Godaddy. Suddenly I got a call from PayPal said that the payment is considered fraud. I contact the domain buyer, he promise to contact PayPal to solve the problem, he also asked me to send him the FTP and website data to him as soon as possible. I felt something wierd, so I didn't send him the website information.
It's been 24 hours, and I called PayPal a few times, they still not able to confirm whether the payment fraud or not, still waiting for the buyer's response.
I contact the buyer, never response. Then I checked the new domain owner information through whois, damn, it shows the new registrant is in Romania.
Now I'm pretty sure that my domain was stolen,
So what should I do? Anybody encounter similar experience?
I did receive an email from Godaddy after I completed the domain transfer:
But when I contact Godaddy, they said that the only way I can do is to contact the buyer to get my domain back?
Anybody help please!
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 9:19 pm (utc) on Sep. 20, 2007]
[edit reason] sorry absolutly no email quotes on WebmasterWorld... see tos. [/edit]
Personally, I would take Godaddy to task over this statement from them especially if you responded as they instructed you to. Otherwise, this statement by them is meaningless and beyond misleading insofar as implying that there is a safety built in to domain name transfers. Last time I transferred a domain name (different registrar), I had to confirm the transfer via an email they sent me, and even then, they give me time to dispute it.
[edited by: encyclo at 9:35 pm (utc) on Sep. 20, 2007]
This is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
On the IC3-website you can file a complaint and it will be forwarded to "federal, state, local, or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies with jurisdiction".
The domain transfer was to a contact information belonging to a US resident, it was later changed to a Romanian after the Paypal transaction was fraudulent.
Get Paypal to write you officially and then forward the communication to Godaddy. Contact also the person in the initial transfer. Most likely his Paypal account was hacked and he wasn't even aware of the domain sale.
You should take it up with them before it gets transfered out of Godaddy and to a registrar outside of the US which will make it harder to get back your domain.