I have a (non-technical) client who let their
.org domain expire, and it has since been bought by a squatter. They own the
.com domain and currently use that as their primary domain. The client is a nonprofit, and doesn't have spare cash to throw at the problem.
The hijacker of the
.org domain simply has it redirect to another domain that points to an adult pornographic website. This is obviously bad for my client's reputation, and is rather fraudulent in my opinion.
I have done a WHOIS lookup on the domain, know the domain registrar, and researched the new owner and they seem to be prolific in this technique based on various news articles and archives. There are previously resolved disputes with this squatter using ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
I see three options ahead of me:
- Email the hijacker directly and politely request they return the domain
- Contact the registrar and notify them of behaviour violating their Terms of Service in the hope they shut down the domain
- File a claim a resolution service under ICANN's UDRP
I'm not a webmaster and definitely not experienced in dealing with hijackers/squatters. Can anyone advise?