A few months ago, I reported what seems to be a Register.com account phishing email. This morning, Bill Sweetman from Name Ninja reported a similar type of phishing email. The difference with this reported email is that it is targeting GoDaddy account customers. I presume there may be similar emails targeting customers of other domain registrars, so if you see something similar, it is most likely an illegitimate phishing email.
With domain registrar account phishing emails, the sender tries to get people to click a link to a website they control that asks for account information (or may possibly download malware) from a domain name registrant. Once a hacker has the account holder’s login credentials, they may be able to make changes to the account or even hijack / steal domain names from the account. Oftentimes, they are able to do this without the domain owner even knowing, making it even more problematic.
To reduce the chance of this happening to you, I recommend adding the highest level of security at your accounts. This includes two factor authentication and additional account or domain name locks to prevent unauthorized transfers. In addition, you want to use different passwords (and logins) at different registrars, and you should not click on links within marketing or other emails from registrars unless you are certain the email is legitimate.
Here is the content of the email Bill sent to me. I removed the link and url so nobody accidentally clicks. I presume Bill alerted GoDaddy about this phishing email, and you should do the same if you receive one.
Subject: Status Alert: Code: 2382
Dear Valued GoDaddy Customer Domain Administrator.
Your account contains more than 6553 directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server.
Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation.
In order to prevent your account from being locked out we recommend that you create special tmp directory.
Or use the link below:
GoDaddy technical support.
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