I was going through my spam email folder this morning to see if Gmail inadvertently marked legitimate email as spam, and I wanted to warn you about something that appears to be another GoDaddy phishing attempt masking as a discount offer. You’ll recall that last month there was a GoDaddy Whois verification phishing email that went around.
There were five things that indicated to me that this was not a real GoDaddy email:
- Gmail marked it as spam, meaning they identified something within the email that indicated it did not originate at GoDaddy.
- The email was not personally addressed to me, although someone could easily change that and attempt to spearphish me or someone else.
- The subject and content were a bit different.
- Hovering over links showed the links did not go directly to GoDaddy.com. Instead, they used a url shortener, and I did not click through to see where the destination was.
- Poor grammar.
If you happen to receive an email like this or something else you suspect to be a phishing email from GoDaddy, you might take the time to report it to GoDaddy to help prevent others from falling prey. Not only can you help protect someone from having their domain name stolen, but you can help keep stolen domain names off of the aftermarket.
There are plenty of GoDaddy discount codes and coupons out there, but this special offer email doesn’t appear to be one. As always, when you receive any email that requires you to click through to take advantage, be 100% certain the email is from who you think it is from and the link goes directly to the company’s website.