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May 6, 2005

Phishers target GoDaddy.com

GoDaddy logoDomain registrar GoDaddy.com earned itself a lot of buzz with its captivating Super Bowl ad and its recent announcement that it has become the world's largest domain-name registrar.

But it now looks like GoDaddy's rise has also gained it the attention of phishing scammers.

According to a posting on the Nanae newsgroup, some clever scam artist recently registered the domain Gadoddy.com and has been using it in an attempt to trick people into giving up their GoDaddy.com account information.

The phishing spam claims the sender incorrectly transferred a domain into the email recipient's GoDaddy account, and asks the recipient to click a link in the message to log in at GoDaddy.com and to decline the transfer.

Of course, the link is actually to a copycat site at Gadoddy.com, and the scammer's goal is to snatch peoples' GoDaddy passwords and usersnames.

The fraudulent site is currently down. But we may not have seen the last of it -- or of scams designed to steal domains.

Posted by brian at May 6, 2005 2:47 PM


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