On February 22nd, I became a victim of huge Internet fraud, which I would like to share with you.
Domain name IndigitalWorks.com and entire website have been hijacked and transferred by a scammer.
Indigitalworks.com is currently under control of scammer, who managed to transfer everything, including the domain and all the content.
His name is Ahmad Rashid Mohammed, based on the current IndigitalWorks.com WHOIS.
On the first day of the fraud, InDigitalWorks was redirected to 7plr.com, so they are probably involved too.
I have contacted Onlinenic.com (my registrar) but they were very uncooperative and unwilling to help.
In the last few months my Gmail has been hacked several times. After the domain has been transferred I found out that all my online accounts have been hijacked... Twitter, Facebook, Hosting and many others, including Onlinenic.com.
Onlinenic checked the log files and said that domain has been transferred from IP 18.104.22.168, which wasn't my IP. This didn’t solve anything... even if Onlinenic account has been hijacked, they can’t do anything (or don't want to). They refuse to investigate any further or offer any kind of help. Onlinenic is great when you need to buy a domain and send them money, but when you have a problem, they don’t want to listen. If you care about your business, you should AVOID ONLINENIC. Hope this post will urge you to protect your own domains and your business.
After I asked them about the details of the person who owns the domain now, I received the following answer:
“Regarding the information you're asking for, you can refer to http://who.is/whois/indigitalworks.com/“
And that’s all… The Whois to which they referred has incomplete information, which is in direct violations to ICANN policies. Not just they refuse to help, but they don’t want to tell the information of the domain name owner. Although OnlineNIC is under ICANN, they don't follow their policies. Be aware of this if you’re using, or planning to use their services.
Since they refuse to investigate such obvious fraud, I have no other choice but to suspect that Onlinenic.com, or some of their employees, could be involved in this act of unauthorized domain transfer.
I have contacted some lawyers in Dubai, the country where the hacker is from, based on the WHOIS information and come to the conclusion that I will need to hire a private investigator first to see if this person even exists, before taking any legal steps.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I and a team of many dedicated freelancers have worked very hard over the past five years to build this site. Without them IndigitalWorks.com would never have succeeded. We’re all working hard on creating a new site, but all our efforts were wiped out in one day.
I know there are warriors here who have lots of knowledge about Internet thieves, and I hope that some of you can help.
P.S. I also hope that my situation will help you to better protect your business before it’s too late.
I apologize to all InDigitalWorks members for not warning them on time about this issue. Scammer has deleted our members database, right after he transferred a domain...
New website is finally setup and we’ve managed to restore the database. Due to huge number of products, it took little longer than we thought. We will continue to do business like nothing happened (although it will be hard). Website will be updated with new products every day, same as it was indigitalworks.com.
Until we resolve this issue our new temporarily URL is www.idplr.com.