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.
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.
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.
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:
Alternatively, you can contact GoDaddy.com directly.
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After thousands of GoDaddy.com customers came to GetHuman in search of an answer to this problem (and many others), we decided it was time to publish instructions. So we put together How Do I Report Phishing or an Illegal Site Hosting to Godaddy? to try to help. It takes time to get through these steps according to other users, including time spent working through each step and contacting GoDaddy.com if necessary. Best of luck and please let us know if you successfully resolve your issue with guidance from this page.
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