Thought I’d share my most recent experience with GoDaddy’s ignorance of failing to do the right thing.
I was watching some videos of scam baiters and came across one from "ScammerRevolts" :
In the video a Refund scam site was used and clearly shows its used to scam people with. I decided to report it to Godaddy and included the video as evidence of illegal activity from one of their "customers".
This is the message I sent to them:
This is a refund scam website, the sole purpose is to fool a victim into giving remote access and convince the victim to fill out a phony refund form. The form is HappyForms by WordPress.
Victims are called from a spoofed phone number, told they will be charged for a continued subscription but can cancel and get a refund. Unsuspecting victims fall for it and are directed to:
From that page they are instructed to click the "connect with cancellation server", which is a Teamviewer remote access download, not a server. After gaing access, they instruct the victim to go to:
From there, they are instructed to fill out the form and open their bank account online, where they attempt to scam the victim by using the "inspect element" of the web browser by blackening the screen so the victim can't see them editing the html page. They pretend to have over paid on the phony refund amount and convince the victim to pay back the over charged amount.
At this point, they have access to the victims bank account and personal info they gave on the form.
I found this website from a video of one of those 'you tuber' people who do this to catch scammers.
Here is the Whois info:
Creation date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Expiration date: Monday, June 8, 2020
Record last update: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Domain ID: 2399899437_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Here is their response:
Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for the message. GoDaddy does not allow illegal content on our customer's websites. However, as a hosting provider,
[u]it is not our place to determine if the site you have mentioned is actually engaging in illegal activities[/u]. GoDaddy suggests reporting your issue to IC3 via http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) who accepts online Internet crime complaints filed by a person who believes they were defrauded.
GoDaddy regularly works with courts and law enforcement from the local to the international level and should we receive notification from these groups in regard to this issue we will work with them on the matter. As an additional option if you believe that you or someone you know have been the victim of criminal activity, we recommend you contact your local law enforcement as well. They can contact us directly to request actions as part of a criminal investigation.
Image of the email: http://i67.tinypic.com/ru75as.jpg
Perhaps they didn't like the "extra" activity of what ScammerRevolts was doing, but it was still very clear he was engaging a tech scammer and the website was being used for illegal activities.
Godaddy's website has a help section of what email to report specific activities to.
I guess its for "appearances only". In the response, they said
[color=blue]"it is not our place to determine if the site you have mentioned is actually engaging in illegal activities"[/color], so if its not a legal liability to them, they don't seem to want to lose a customer.
I did report it to a number of others who will hopefully take this seriously as a scamming/phishing website.