BBB Warning: GoDaddy Clients Targeted by Scammers

  
     
July 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, BC – GoDaddy is an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company with over 60 million domains under their management. However, BBB has been notified about a phone scam targeting local GoDaddy clients. There have been phishing emails in the past claiming to be from GoDaddy support, however, these phone calls appear to be after ID and PIN information, not just credit card.


“Once they have your login information they could potentially make changes to your site, steal sensitive financial information or even hijack it completely. Then you’re potentially into corporate identity theft,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC. "A simple online WHOIS search can find out who your web hosting provider is."


Jonathan Yaniv, owner of JY Knows It Business Consulting says the scammers are calling him once a week.


“I simply called Go Daddy to confirm and naturally it wasn’t them making the calls. The scammers copied GoDaddy’s phone systems to duplicate their phone prompts but altered them slightly. Same voice and all, very convincing,” says Yaniv.


“We just want local GoDaddy clients to know that GoDaddy would not make these calls asking for logins and passwords,” adds Kelly.


There are plenty of fake domain name invoices around that ask for credit card information and apply a sense of urgency to the business or risk losing your domain.

BBB has a few tips on managing this aspect of your business:


• Don’t provide password or verification codes to any caller. You should never provide sensitive information about your account to an unsolicited call.
• Select a single business to register all of your domain names. A single provider with one account keeps it simple.
• Understand who in the company has access to the verification codes.
• Spot strange domain names. You may have registered your domain as a .com, but an urgent email asking for credit card information for an out of country suffix may be at play; such as .org.cn.
• Watch for poor grammar and spelling in phishing emails.
• Contact your service provider directly if you have any concerns.

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Media Contacts:

Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor
BBB Serving Mainland BC
604-488-8702
604-505-2307
evan@mbc.bbb.org
404-788 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 2M1

Jonathan Yaniv
Owner, JY Knows It Consulting
778-278-8933
604-729-4690
jonathan@jyknowsit.com

About BBB:

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 365 million times for BBB Business Reviews, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Mainland B.C., founded in 1939 and serving the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Northern, Central and Southern Interior BC, and the Yukon, is one of 108 local, independent BBBs across North America. In 2016, consumers turned to BBB Serving Mainland B.C. more than 2 million times for Business Reviews and processed 6,000 complaints.