Writing Website Hijacked and turned into Porn pill site - Beware!

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I’ve been with GoDaddy since 2011.

I run a tiny little blog that previously ranked several years in the #1 and also top five positions for long tail keywords. After 5 years, my domain name expired “FBKwrites” expired without me knowing and GoDaddy didn’t notify me as they have with other expiring website products.

I was told that continued to let me use the name and this is customary for guest who has purchased lots of products through them.

Long story short a sex pill company purchased my domain name and my brand is now associated with Viagra. I had to change my website from FBKwrites to FBKwriter, and the situation is a mess!

BTW how do I change my handle on the Elliott forum? I tried and couldn’t.

I sent a LinkedIn message to Scott Wagner CEO at GoDaddy and he responded promptly. He stated that someone from his team would contact me and hopefully (they have) and I’ll talk with them tomorrow.

SIDE NOTE: Don’t you wish every company responded this way? I don’t know if the issue can be fixed which is why I’m posting here, mostly as a warning to those who operate smallish-blogs to check renewal dates.

Any thoughts?
 
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Are you sure the notifications did not end up in spam? I am the admin on a website and many things from GoDaddy end up in spam.

Those sleazy companies are resourceful.....
 
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Hi, Christina. GoDaddy sends a ton of messages. First they are reminders and towards the Final expiration date they change to more serious emails to get your attention. The first customer service rep that I spoke with yesterday (before contacting the CEO) found only one message they sent, and he agreed they usually send many.
 

Carrie Livingston

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@FBKwrites as @VoR61 stated Dwayne is the forum administrator and can change your name. Although since you've gotten the CEO involved it may not be necessary because hopefully he'll be able to get your name back. Regardless should you want to send Dwayne a conversation, at the top of the page on the right hand side is your inbox and you can send him a message through there.
 
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@FBKwrites as @VoR61 stated Dwayne is the forum administrator and can change your name. Although since you've gotten the CEO involved it may not be necessary because hopefully he'll be able to get your name back. Regardless should you want to send Dwayne a conversation, at the top of the page on the right hand side is your inbox and you can send him a message through there.[/QU
You can start a private conversation with Dwayne Coward and submit your request . . .
Thanks for providing me a contact name.
 
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I’ve been a GoDaddy customer since 2011. Most of the years have been good, the last two have not.
In 2018, I RENEWED my website’s domain name. It’s a domain that I hand built over nearly a decade.

It was a tiny website, BUT the earnings I received from a steady stream of customers and from selling products paid bills, and kept food on the table.
A Porn King Hacker purchased my domain from up under my nose.
He shouldn’t have been allowed to do it – and this is a key point – because I paid GoDaddy for the name. That’s the bottom line. The problem started when I paid them twice, and one payment was credited back to me and the other one was NOT. GoDaddy accepted payment from me.
Long of a short story. I got hacked. Lost my domain name to Porn Hacker King. My hand-built mom and pop-ish writer brand is ruined.

The domain name is on my workshop t-shirts, ranked in the #1 and also top 5 spot for long tail keywords. My Amazon books have the domain name in them. Everyone of my social media pages has the name and bottom line I’ve been driving traffic to that domain for nearly a decade.

I reached out to Scott Wagner, GoDaddy CEO, and he put me in touch with his CEO Team, we had gotten everything resolved (or so I thought), until I discovered that the product they stated I didn’t pay for – I paid for. I paid for the domain name, not once but twice.

Help, me father, lord, jesus because I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
 
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Are you sure someone else purchased your domain? It looks to me like the domain still uses godaddy as a registrar and has been renewed through 9/3/2021 (which would be strange if someone bought it). The web site it points to was updated on 3/26, though.

Is it possible that someone just hacked into your account at godaddy and updated the DNS record to point at a different host? Can you still log into your godaddy account? If so, does the domain still appear on your list?
 
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Here's the ping information . . .

Pinging fbkwrites.com [74.117.156.131] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 74.117.156.131: bytes=32 time=55ms TTL=52
Reply from 74.117.156.131: bytes=32 time=54ms TTL=52
Reply from 74.117.156.131: bytes=32 time=57ms TTL=52
Reply from 74.117.156.131: bytes=32 time=61ms TTL=52

Ping statistics for 74.117.156.131:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 54ms, Maximum = 61ms, Average = 56ms

C:\WINDOWS\system32>ping trustedtabletssecure.com

Pinging trustedtabletssecure.com [185.8.62.31] with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 185.8.62.31:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss)
 
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I think the redirect is in one of the hacker's web sites. I can see that his DNS A record (which points to the web site host) was recently updated, so the hacker appears to have access to the DNS record. My guess is that he got this by hacking into the OP's GoDaddy account.
 

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I think the redirect is in one of the hacker's web sites. I can see that his DNS A record (which points to the web site host) was recently updated, so the hacker appears to have access to the DNS record. My guess is that he got this by hacking into the OP's GoDaddy account.
You and VoR are amazing, I'm so glad you can help our OP.