Friday, September 13, 2013
A Cautionary Tale - Steer Clear of GoDaddy
If you're thinking about getting your own web domain for your blog you might have noticed the ad campaign being run by an outfit called GoDaddy.
For a modest sum they'll reserve your chosen domain name and, with that, you're up and running. My computer savvy daughter and her even more computer savvy fiance talked me into setting up with GoDaddy several months ago. (It's a sign of getting old. I did it because they said it was a good idea. Go figure.)
Then, a couple of months ago, I received an e-mail from GoDaddy confirming my transfer of my domains to some Rios guy from Detroit, Missouri. (did you know there was such a place, I didn't)
I wrote back and said I hadn't given Rios anything. I never knew him and, to the best of my knowledge, had never been in Missouri either. I said it was a scam and demanded that they restore those domains to me.
GoDaddy demanded that I send them a faxed copy of my driver's licence, front and back. When I asked why and how that could possibly be relevant, they simply dug in their heels. I'm not going to give some stranger a photostatic copy of my driver's licence for no apparent good reason. That sounds like another scam to me.
And so I've lost both domains without so much as a refund. And, here's the thing. This character, Rios, who supposedly got them by transfer from GoDaddy, has done nothing with them. Both sites remain down. The only thing that comes up is an ad for GoDaddy.
My best guess is that I've either been scammed by GoDaddy or GoDaddy was naively scammed by Rios for the purpose of taking my web domains down. Needless to say, Rios isn't returning my e-mail.
Anybody know if Lockheed Martin has an operation in Detroit, Missouri?