How Do I Report Phishing or an Illegal Site Hosting to Godaddy?

GoDaddy.com is serious about Internet safety and affords web users a variety of ways to report all forms of abuse, including phishing and illegal sites, easily.

Although phishing attacks and illegal websites are as old as the Internet itself, they seem more prevalent today than ever before. Website hosting providers like GoDaddy.com make it easy for users to report phishing or illegal websites so action to take down the site happens.

Let's first define what phishing is and what constitutes an illegal website.



What Is Phishing?

Phishing is a cyber-attack in which the perpetrator disguises an email or website to trick the recipient into believing that the message if from a trusted source (it isn't) and tricks the person into something they want or need and providing the phisher with personal data. For example, a web user may receive a request that looks as if it's from their bank which asks them to click a download or attachment, or reveal confidential information such as an account number, a password, or a PIN code.

What Constitutes An Illegal Website?

An illegal website are sites like bootleg websites that provide copyrighted material such as movies and music that visitors can view for free. Phishing sites, as mentioned previously, are also prevalent, pernicious, and plentiful. They're also illegal. So to are sites which sell stolen goods, as are sites that make pornography available to those under 18, or sites featuring child pornography.

How Do I Report Phishing Or Illegal Site Hosting To GoDaddy.com?

If you encounter a site that you believe is an illegal and/or phishing site hosted by GoDaddy.com, you should report it immediately. To do so:

  • Navigate to GoDaddy.com
  • Click the Report Abuse option near the bottom of GoDaddy.com's homepage.
  • You'll be presented a number of options including Inappropriate Content, Malware, Phishing, Spam, and Other. Click the option closest to the type of online abuse you've encountered.
  • Follow the prompts provided to report the phishing or illegal site hosting to GoDaddy.com

Alternatively, you can contact GoDaddy.com directly.

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