On the 19th of October 2006, I did a Bulk Transfer of 50 domains in 1 payment using www.hostway.com via their sister company www.domainpeople.com, they charged my Paypal Account and I waited for the Domains to appear in my Control Panel. I repeatedly asked Hostway when they would be visible in my control panel for 1 year.
I assumed that it was a standard process, that took some time. Last week, my emails were bouncing back. After some investigation, my home page as been put up for sale by www.sedo.com .
I realize this is standard procedure for "expired domains".
The Registrar/Host "Domain People"/"Hostway", has sold 6 domains which are still my property as when I have transferred the domains, it also includes an additional year to the original expiry period. Though Domain People - Hostway sold my domains based on when the Transfer took place.
i.e. Domains expired 1 year after the Bulk Transfer 19th October 2007.
The Domains are 5 letter .com, most have over 8 months before they expire.
Can anyone advise me on who I should contact?
i.e. ICANN, Google, Yahoo etc..
Any idea of approx. costs of fighting this case?
I live in Italy and an International Law Suit could be very expensive, I have operated two successful business for 4 years on 2 of the stolen domains.
I am very worried about the Google and Search Rankings, as almost 6 days have passed.
When I spoke to Domain People, they said they sent emails and I have lost the Domains.
-- I received NOTHING... and I read ALL mail, even SPAM!!!
I advised them that the 50 domains have never appeared in my control panel and that I was taking Legal Action.
Within 90 minutes 44 domains suddenly appeared in my Control Panel after 13 months...
I suspect that there is some Domain Hijack, Identity theft Scam going on, though I have never heard of a Host/Registrar Selling "Non-expired Domains."
The Current "Who Is" points to the New "Suspicious" owner and he is using Domain People.
That's like robbing the Bank and visiting the next day, depositing your Loot...
When I called Domain People, I was told that I was the next caller and finally after 40 minutes I was advised that a supervisor would call be back - still waiting...
I look forward to any help/suggestions.