Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage’s MEP website is redirecting visitors to biography on EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier after domain name was bought by IT expert
- Craig Campbell said ‘it took seconds’ to buy the domain name after it expired
- He said he wanted to ‘raise awareness of the identity issues’ and digital presence
- The 40-year-old said his next project might be climate activist Greta Thunberg
The MEP website of Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has been redirecting visitors to the biography of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier after an IT expert bought and changed the domain name.
Visitors to NigelFarageMEP.co.uk were stunned as they expected information about the leader of the Brexit party but were redirected to the European Commission website instead.
The redirected page has a short biography of ‘head of task force for relations with United Kingdom’ negotiator Michel Barnier.
Visitors to NigelFarageMEP.co.uk were redirected to to the European Commission website
Digital marketing expert Craig Campbell, 40, said ‘it took seconds’ to buy the domain name after the Brexit Party leader failed to renew it.
Mr Campbell, who has the most Youtube subscribers in Scotland, said he wanted to ‘raise awareness of the identity issues’ so he decided to make the change.
The father-of-one from Cardonald, Glasgow said: ‘I’ve seen a lot of people online wondering what the hell was going on with Farage – had his website been hacked, was he planning to change parties again or something else.
The redirected page had a short biography of European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (pictured)
‘It’s a site that gets massive traffic, thousands of visits a day.
‘All that has happened is that he – or his team – let the domain expire and before they could renew it, I had it. It took seconds.
‘I’ve had people claiming to be representing him saying they’ll buy it off me, but they never provide any real proof.
‘He can have it back if he wants. I’m not hard to find online.’
Craig Campbell, 40, said ‘it took seconds’ to buy the domain name after it expired
Up until earlier in December the site was still listed on Wikipedia as his official site.
Mr Campbell is considering his next project and said it might be teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.
He added: ‘Politically we are quite different so I wondered what I could do with it to raise awareness of the identity issues here.
‘Redirecting to Barnier’s website seemed to be a good way to make the point.
‘It was really careless of his people to have left the old domain name on his Wikipedia page.
‘Someone could have bought this and used it to get donations off people or tried to scam people.
‘That’s the sort of thing a lot of crooks will do.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage
‘People could have been conned for considerable sums of cash here quite easily – either by affiliate links or more blatant asks for money.
‘His fanbase could have been totally ripped off while thinking they were giving money to Farage.
‘From the viewpoint of online, the site is a goldmine. It ranks highly – above his new ‘official’ site when you go to Google, it has thousands of links going to it and is visited by thousands of people a day even now.
‘From a digital marketing perspective, it’s as good as it gets on so many levels.
‘People – and businesses – need to keep an eye on their digital presence and set things up properly so that they aren’t losing out on a lot of potential business or seeing their reputation take a hit by someone setting up a spoof site.
‘There are also savvy ways to close down a site – but this wasn’t done either.
‘I might do Greta Thunberg next.’
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