I started doing a little work in the afternoons and decided several months ago to build a site for my side business. The domain name I want has been purchased, but it isn't being used. On the index page, there are three lines of text stating that the site is being reserved and there is a link to contact the administrator. I e-mailed the person on the other end of the link, but he came back and said that he wasn't the owner of the site, but a worker for the hosting company.
I then searched for the domain at the "who is" site and found the owner. He has owned this site since 1996 and the site is scheduled for it's annual renewal process in November. I tried to e-mail the guy with the address I found at the who is site, but it's not valid.
Since there is nothing on this site, I assume he's trying to sell the domain. I found several companies that claim they can help me buy this domain name, but they all want money up front to use their services. Then, on top of their fee, I'd still have to buy the domain. Even if that's possible, I don't know which services are legitimate or how they would get in touch with this guy.
For now, I'm using .biz, but I'd like to try to contact this person before he renews in November.
Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.