Another domain redirects to mine

I do the Web site for a local community group, at domain.co.uk. I’ve just discovered that someone I’ve never heard of owns domain.org and is redirecting it to our Web site. As far as I can see, this is causing us no problems at all, but I have two questions.

  1. Why would anyone bother? It must be costing them money and I can’t see they get anything out of it.
  2. Could this cause us any problems in any way? domain.co.uk was hacked a couple of months back (I’m not suggesting there’s any connection) and I’ve worked hard to regain our good karma with Google. I’d just like to be sure I’m not overlooking anything here, as I feel a bit bewildered by this situation.

Thanks.

  1. this may cause bandwidth issue.
  2. they may be hacking your emails.
    You should block their IPs.

Good luck.

@MyDomAinZ.us: Thanks for your reply. Could you give me a little more information? I don’t think bandwidth is likely to be a problem, and anyone visiting the site via the .org address is likely to be looking for us in the first place. I am, however, worried by your comment that they could be hacking our e-mails. How, exactly?

I could block the IP, but that may result in barring legitimate traffic coming via that address. I’d rather understand the risks properly before I start banning folk.

Can/did you try contacting the owner of the .org domain about the situation?

Do you have the same domain name? If so, then redirection will be fruitful to you and bandwidth will not be a problem otherwise they might be stealing the bandwidth.

One thing is for sure that they are not redirecting to help you to get more traffic and business. Either they are not aware that their domain is redirecting or they have some purpose.

Only purpose in our opinion is to collect the email IDs (your website is a local community group) and sell these IDs in the market for bulk email promotions.

We cannot say much more than this.
Good luck

Not yet. This is a small community and I don’t want to risk starting a diplomatic incident without a better understanding of what might be going on here.

In that case, there’s not much risk. There’s no registration, log-in or other form on the site which would collect e-mail addresses - it’s purely informational about the area and forthcoming events. The only e-mail address associated with the domain is freely available on the Web site.

Thanks for the replies. I’ll try contacting the owner of the .org and see what he says.

I know why, they could be using your website to get accepted into special program such as google PPc or facebook PPC.

That’s all I can say though.