Yesterday evening, I fancied a ‘medicinal’ Indian takeaway to counter the effects of lunchtime Christmas celebrations.
Naturally, I Googled ‘Barbican Tandoori’ (my local) and came up with an address of www.barbicantandoori.co.uk
Sadly, somebody appears to have hijacked this address and replaced the original website with a load of pay-per-click advertisements.
All seems perfectly legal though they do appear to be using the original Barbican Tandoori website heading artwork with links maintaining the original page structure—presumably, to maintain any search engine presence previously built-up.
If you do allow your domain name hosting to lapse, as I suspect happened here, it’s fair game for anybody to grab it for their own purposes.
Interestingly, Google appear to have taken some action in that they have disabled pay-per-click advertisements featuring this address, though they still show both the advertisements and the address.
Links within the main search engine results still work as do the Google advertisements on the ‘rogue’ website.
If you want to order BT food online, they now have a website at www.barbicantandoori.com though this doesn’t yet appear in the early search engine results.