GoDaddy Employee Participated Illegally in GoDaddy Auctions

Paul Nicks, the Vice President and General Manager of GoDaddy’s aftermarket, wrote on the Godaddy blog that an employee was investigated for bidding against GoDaddy customers on the aftermarket auctions using a fake account. The unnamed employee had his or her employment terminated.

“On March 11, a GoDaddy customer contacted us with serious allegations against multiple employees. These allegations alluded to employees potentially participating in auctions, shill bidding (coordinating bids to drive prices higher), and providing insider information to clients.

We immediately started an investigation into the claims.”

“We started investigating the activities of three employees. We were quickly able to rule out the involvement of one employee. As we investigated and interviewed the other two employees, it became clear that only one party violated our employee Code of Conduct. After a thorough review of the circumstances, we terminated the employment of this employee.

This employee created an account not associated with his legal name, and participated in auctions and expiry auctions as a bidder, which is a conflict of interest and a direct violation of our policy. To be clear, our investigation uncovered NO evidence that this employee used any confidential customer information for personal gain, or that he conducted shill-bidding on auctions.”

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