Topic: "Someone would like to contact you about your domain."
So I got this email below from GoDaddy a couple days ago.
It involves someone trying to contact me directly (via email) about a .ORG domain I own which has privacy on. I find this interesting given the language GD uses in the email, but also because it's the first time I get this kind of email (from what I remember).
I always knew there was a way to contact a domain owner when the privacy is on but didn't know what the exact procedure was or what it would look like. I'm sure some of the veterans here have seen this type of email before but I thought I would share for those who haven't seen it. Note how you wouldn't get this "exact" type of email from a registrar for .CAs since CIRA has it's own contact form to contact .CA owners directly via email (when your info is private).
I removed the domain in question and the email address they provided (in the email below) as I don't want this post to link back to me here in case there is something shady behind this.
Someone is trying to contact you regarding [example].org.
We received a request from someone who'd like to contact you regarding [example].org, which you registered through GoDaddy. This contact method is designed to provide a way for people who are interested in your domain to reach you, while still keeping your contact information private.
We're required by ICANN regulations to forward these types of requests to you, and you're not under any obligation to respond.
Remember, we have no information on the legitimacy of these contacts, and scammers have been known to try to pose as GoDaddy or other companies. Use caution when viewing or replying to unsolicited messages from third parties. If you determine you would like to respond to this message, please be aware that you are electing to respond directly to a third party that has no affiliation with GoDaddy.
Here is the message from firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, this is NOT from a GoDaddy representative. GoDaddy does not authorize or verify any offers to sell or purchase domains via email.
I would like to contact you regarding your domain and/or content on your website.
If you would like to respond to the requester, please email them at email@example.com.
If you are interested in selling your domain, the safest course of action would be to list the domain for sale, then email the inquirer that you have listed it for sale. To list your domain for sale, please visit this Help article for step-by-step instructions.