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Domain hijacked

I bought my domain through GoDaddy and it expired at a time when I didn't have any money. Now someone has taken it over and created a porn site on it. This is really damaging my reputation since all my marketing reflects that domain name. And I can't even change anything since the emails on that domain are inaccessible. Doesn't GoDaddy have to alert me before reselling? I built up the domain to an impressive authority. How did these guys just get a hold of it without my being asked whether I want to sell it? What can I do to recover it?

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Helper IV

You should have received several emails before and after it expired. Make sure your GoDaddy account email is valid and that your emails are not going into spam. If you don't renew it before the expiration grace period, it goes back into public domain where others can purchase it. Once someone purchases it, there isn't anything you can do (and nothing goDaddy can do either) except for talk to the new owner and see if they want to sell it back to you. Sorry for the disappointing news.

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Helper IV

You should have received several emails before and after it expired. Make sure your GoDaddy account email is valid and that your emails are not going into spam. If you don't renew it before the expiration grace period, it goes back into public domain where others can purchase it. Once someone purchases it, there isn't anything you can do (and nothing goDaddy can do either) except for talk to the new owner and see if they want to sell it back to you. Sorry for the disappointing news.

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