🛑 THE ORIGINAL BLOG LINK HAS BEEN HIJACKED 🛑
HELP! Does anyone have any experience with identity highjacking / fraud when it comes to a website and have any idea what I can do? Where to start? Where to report?
After the fraud incident with PayPal, I shut everything (payment wise) connected to the Herbal Healing Mama blog down, and let the domain expire. (I see now that this was very foolish BUT, I was so exhausted trying to sort the fraud, with no luck from PayPal that I just sort of gave up... I never imagined something like this would happen.) The blog was still up, it was just under .wordpress, rather than direct at .com.
I just went looking for an old link for a friend and realized that someone has taken over the original blog domain, name & link, with some weight loss supplement reviews. They are pretending to be me, not only in the about section at the bottom, but actually copy and pasted one of my old about me sections in their page links, and are using my full name, family info & location. Every blog post is posted by what appears to be me, author, Briar Rose with the Herbal Healing Mama logo. & They are also using my logo on the top of the main site, so by all accounts, it LOOKS like my site. (They also duplicated a few of my pages but I don’t see any of my blog posts on the site.)
I actually thought my account had been hacked at first.. but it looks like they’ve created a new site to LOOK like the original blog. The HHM blog link is still backed by .wordpress & it appears that my Wordpress account and blog is still in tact on my end.
What’s really stupid, is all of their little social media links go to my HHM accounts. 🤦🏼♀️😑
When I tried to look up the owner of the domain, they’ve registered through a third party blocking account (WhoIsGuard Protection) to cover their identifying information. They’re registered through NameCheap as far as I can tell, and when you look up that company’s fraud history, it looks like Facebook had a lawsuit against them for the same thing.
Thank you in advance for any advice. I’ve had enough of these crazy criminals.