I recently had my domain name stolen. My wife owned the domain name and we had hosting for it. We let the hosting lapse because she became sick and passed away in 2007. I recently thought about the domain name and decided to check now (Jan. 2010).
I contacting the hosting company who told me that it was hosted on another account with them. They said that it was transferred in August of 2009. I should have still legally owned the domain until May, 2010.
It seems as though someone realized that we let the hosting lapse and got another account as my wife in her name and said they lost the password for the original account. The company then moved the hosting to the new account. The then reactivated the email and contacted Network Solutions. Network Solutions sent and email with the username and password listed to email in their database which the bad guy received and gained access to the Network solutions account.
They then transferred the domain to their own name and to Godaddy.com.
I know this is illegal but can I do anything? This was not a business but was just my last name and it is a very common last name. There aren't any damages except for the domain.
They were smart but I want it back now.
I'll await your replies. Thank you!