Hello all, Bit of a long story but I'll try and keep it brief. Last December my host failed to let me know my .com.au that has been my personal professional business address for a decade was up for renewal (I am not longer with them btw). The domain name was my personal name and there are 10 years of links from everything I've ever posted or been credited for pointing to it. I discovered this early January when I went to update the site and saw that I am now selling designer shoes! My clients were a bit confused by this. So a little research and I discover I can make a complaint through the Australian Domain Registry body to have the domain title stripped from them as they are not Australian, do not have an Australian business number or are connected personally to the name which is a requirement of owning a com.au All good. 3 weeks go bye and they take it off them and it goes back into the pool and Surprise! they take it again and now I'm selling NRL hats! With a bit of digging I find it's an automated setup located in Russia and for the next 4 months my name 'sells' womens wear and hats and even high end fashion brand name stuff. I also find heaps of other com.au that they are exploiting as well. 5 months later and 4 complaints upheld and 2 services employed to try and snatch the name back for me and today I find some other Australian guy has got it. (At least that's a change from the Russians) I'm not sure I can post links here so I'll ere on the side of caution but this guy has a company in Australia that seems to fish for domain re-sale opportunities, a bunch of domains registered he shouldn't own and runs a very dodgy looking, almost blackhat like e-betting site. I contacted him with a fake email address about buying one of his other registered domains and he answered so he is real. I have his complete personal information thru the e-betting site via who is. And a list of the sites he has registered that he isn't allowed to own. Technically I can just report him to the Auda.org and have it stripped from him but then it goes back in the pool and I'm back to seeing if I can registered it through reclaim services and so far I've had no luck getting it back that way. I'd rather deal with him. But he's going to want cash which I wont pay because for me it's the principal of the matter. I want my name back! It has deep roots in the web. Should I be upfront with him and let him know I know all about his dodgy dealings and can he just transfer it to me no harm done and walk away? Also, I have a national media news organisation interested in my story because of the Russian angle. Surely he wont want to be part of that report if he's dodgy? What do you think? Which angle should I use? Any advice appreciated! ps. yes, I'm a bit of a noob so advice on domain reclaim services that aren't a rip off also appreciated.