Why am I receiving text message spam from what appears to be GoDaddy?

The web design text message you thought was from GoDaddy - isn’t.

We recently received complaints about text messages that appear to be from GoDaddy. The messages (pictured below) are actually from a "logo deal" spammer. GoDaddy has neither provided nor shared any customer data with them. Instead, they pulled contact information from the public WHOIS database. Text messages were then generated by the website http://www.route66d.com, which, as of September 20, 2016, was registered through Enom and hosted by HostGator (50.87.144.209).

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Should you ever receive a suspicious message, please send all details, including any screenshots, to HQ@godaddy.com.

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