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Is there any chance of getting it back? I make all my money on this one domain.
Help me please.
What I'd like to know is there anyone who has been in a similar experience and did you win?
I never been in that situation but I'd surely be in discussions with the Registrar about this. The whole purpose of locking domains is to prevent this type of thing from happening. And, there is typically a security question that needs to be answered prior to unlocking a domain, how did this person acquire that?
I could start over but then I have to give up on all of those search engine rankings. Or I could fight and get it back and do some damage control.
And the registrar is trying to accept no responsibility? what have you been paying them for.. it is them that should be taking this to domain resolution .. as ultimately that will be your quickest and cheapest option..
If you wait for the legal system to sort it out you'll be grey by the time it is..
Personally I would go straight for resolution and sue your registrar for any costs...
Call a legal expert in this NOW. I would NOT use a local attorney - they'll have no idea what the rules are in this case since it's not all that well defined anywhere.
Contact the hijackers immediately and first ask nicely for them to return control to you IMMEDIATELY. If this doesn't work then quietly explain you'll be suing their asses off for theft, lost business. Note the fact that if you get tagged as porn your domain is toast even if you get it back and they will be held responsible for a huge loss of future income from this theft.
Sounds to me like they hacked your password and then did the transfer. Also possible is registrar error if it was NOT locked and they failed to notify you or mail was lost.
If it was LOCKED you should be able to get the registrar to undo this immediately.
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(1) Contacted my registrar. First time, I got no help. They said i transferred it, too bad.
(2) Contacted their registrar. They at least provided me with the phoney (hacked) whois records that were used to make the transfer. But again they said contact my original registrar.
(3) Talked to my registrar again and this time talked to somebody more helpful who promised action.
(4) But not willing to trust them, I also went to the lawyers and got everything layed out with them. Unfortunately, it was three o'clock so I'll have to wait until tomorrow before letters go out.
I don't know why but I feel so embarrassed and angry that my domain was stolen.
My question is: Can the new registrar transfer it back with sufficient proof that it was mine and fraudulently transferred.
And thanks for the replies in this trying time.
They have a wealth of info on their site.. I would guess the sooner you begin proceedings with them the quicker you will have the domain back...
Anyone in a similar situation would do well to visit the ICANN website. There is so much information that I haven't begun to digest any of it, but looking around, it seems to be the ultimate arbiter of domain names. (I still haven't found out how to start proceedings with them, but I will keep looking . . . any hints?)
I had never been there until Lobo's suggested it.