This afternoon, I received an email from GoDaddy with the subject: “Action required: Authorize your domain listings.” This is a fairly standard type of email that I get on a somewhat regular basis. The domain name included in the email is one that I own and have registered in my GoDaddy account. A quick check in my Afternic account revealed that the domain name was not yet listed for sale there.
I believe this means someone else added this domain name to their Afternic account, and GoDaddy sent the authorization email to confirm the registrant authorizes the domain name to be listed for sale via Afternic.
From what I understand, had I clicked the link and approved the listing, it would have gone on sale at Afternic. Had the domain name been sold via Afternic, the domain name would be removed from my account, sent to the buyer, and the payment would have been paid to the person that had it listed for sale. I would imagine most of these types of errors are of the accidental variety. For instance, someone listed the singular domain name instead of the plural.
I recall seeing this reported before on NamePros. I believe GoDaddy was able to unwind the sale, but it seems to have taken a fair amount of effort to do so.
When I received this email today, I emailed my Afternic account rep to let him know the listing is not mine, and I asked him to remove the listing. I will probably add the domain name to Afternic, but I will do so through my GoDaddy control panel. I believe this would eliminate the need for the authorization email, as I recall only receiving those for domain names registered at other registrars.
When you receive an authorization email like that, you should double check to confirm the listing is yours and it is valid before clicking the link and approving the listing. I can certainly understand why this might be confusing, and I think it would be very easy to accidentally approve the link, especially if you have many domain names listed for sale on Afternic already.