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So how do I go about reclaiming an abandond domain name that seems to be hooked to a valid credit card still?
About the only thing I can do to prove "we" own the domain project is add a special page, file, or code to the website. and that all contact info in the whois database is no longer legit. Mail get returned as undeliverable, phone has been disconnected, and all 3 email addresses are undeliverable.
Are there any mechanisms for resolving a situation like this?
Avoid too much detail. Sometimes the more information you give the more likely people are to get the wrong end of the stick.
Also, avoid using an anonymous email address - that might ring alarm bells. If you have access to the email address that they have on record, they may simply send you the login details.
You can't do a thing until you can get an email to show proof of ownnership, as the previous owner just may have sold the domain name to another or whis wife or child sold the domain name.
First place to start is getting an email address owner contacted.
That's completely wrong and probably illegal, but if you've got control of the email, then it's technically possible. If you don't have control of the email addresses then you either have to social engineer the registrar as noted above (also probably wrong and illegal) or take it offline.
The email was at a dynamic domain (now expired) at #*$!.example.com. I successfully set up the dynamic domain and email, so now I have the email address registered in the whois database. I am going to request a username/password from the registrar. Question, Should I use "We forgot the username/password" or "I forgot the username/password"? I'm leaning towards the latter.
All you guys help is very appreciated!
[edited by: DieselPower at 1:11 am (utc) on Dec. 31, 2008]
[edited by: Webwork at 1:58 pm (utc) on Dec. 31, 2008]
[edit reason] Per Charter please use Example.com instead of actual website names [/edit]
The domain your trying to get make sure the ownership hasn't changed hands as I can see if it were me I would be very careful and go through a lawyer before I went through with changing the owndership names.
To answer your question fist reguest the user name then request the password change or password sent to you.
BUT as I said consult a lawyer before you get to deep in this as it isn't quite legal they way your going about it.