GoDaddy Warns About Phishing Email Targeting Valuable Domain Names

Joe Styler, GoDaddy’s Aftermarket Product Manager, issued a warning on NamePros about a new phishing email targeting owners of valuable domain names registered with GoDaddy.

These kind of phishing emails are not uncommon so people should always be vigilant and not click on links from emails.

Here is what Joe wrote about the new phishing emails:

We were made aware this morning by a few customers that they are getting emails claiming to be from GoDaddy that are saying that their valuable domains sold and that they should unlock them and move them to the buyer within 5 days. These emails are FAKE please be extra careful as they appear to come from auctions@godaddy.com but are actually not and they also look like our email templates but the wording is inconsistent with what we would send.

We never ask you to move domains to a buyer within 5 days. I will include the full body of the email below and the subject line so you can be aware and on the lookout. Always feel free to check your “sold” section in your auctions account to confirm a sale and also to reach out to our support if you have any concerns. It is always best to be safe by double checking and we are happy to help.

Subject of fake email:
Your Domain, XXX.com, Has Sold

Body of fake email:

Congratulations! The following domain name has sold at auction:

Buyer Email : sales@buymes.com
Item Number 185956149
XXX.com

We have confirmed the funds cleared for the domain name. Please follow the instructions and send the data within 5 days

How to proceed
1.Unlock XXX.com
2.Send to Buyer Email : Authorization code
If you have any questions, contact Customer Support:

Online Support
• Email: auctions@godaddy.com
• 24/7 Support by Phone: 020 7084 1810

Sold.Domains

About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

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