My wife was notified in an email and phone call yesterday that she had won all this money for some reason. She told the caller that she wanted to see a copy of the money order before going any further. They sent us the image below.
We checked out the bank and sent them a copy of the check, never anticipating a reply. But the real story here is about GoDaddy and a company called DomainsByProxy. I decided to do a WhoIs search on the domain that the email came from. The domain was purchased through GoDaddy by a company called DomainsByProxy.
DomainsByProxy will register a domain for you, thereby keeping your contact information private. What more could a scammer ask for. Now I understand that there are legitimate reasons, in fact the company states on their site:
The law requires that the personal information you provide with every
domain you register be made public in the "WHOIS" database. Your
identity becomes instantly available – and vulnerable – to spammers,
scammers, prying eyes and worse.
But now there’s a solution: Domains By Proxy®!
There is a very good reason that domain ownership is designed to be public, now this company in its attempt to protect people have made it a safe haven for the bad guys.
Sometimes the best of intents go bad!