Earlier this month, I wrote about receiving several emails from GoDaddy that originated from the GoDaddy Whois contact form. Those emails were all domain name purchase inquiries that appeared to originate from the same entity based on the email address(es) used to originate the emails.
In my opinion, using the Whois contact form is a good way to contact domain registrants since it comes from an official GoDaddy email address and has GoDaddy branding within the email. It can also be frustrating for domain registrants who receive many of these redundant emails.
GoDaddy gives visitors four options when they choose the “Contact Domain Holder” link on a Whois lookup page for domain names registered at GoDaddy:
- Interested in purchasing the domain
- Domain name or content is being used in malware, or for spam or abuse
- Domain name or content is infringing on a trademark or violating local laws or regulations
- Research or other purpose
Yesterday, I received an email via GoDaddy that was similar in nature to the emails I received earlier this month, but the content was different. It is apparent the person chose the third option instead of the first. The domain name that was the subject of the email is Travels.com, a domain name I have parked at Uniregistry. The message was similar to the prior messages, but here is the difference:
“Your domain name or the content on your website may be infringing on a trademark and/or violating local laws or regulations. It is important that you respond at the earliest.”
I do not believe the email was a genuine infringement notification. I am not sure what the intent of the email was, but I am not going to respond. I am sharing this because it is possibly a tactic used to elicit a response from a domain registrant, and if others receive it, too, they are not alone.