How do I report illegal activity on a site that you host?
This article will outline the most frequent examples of cybercrime and how you can report them.
Phishing is the process of illegally gathering personal information from unsuspecting parties. This is done using spoof email – where the scammer will send email purporting to be from a legitimate company or organisation – to trick the recipient into divulging their personal details.
To avoid falling victim to phishing attacks, remember that no company or organisation will ask you for your personal details via email. If you’re ever in doubt, do not reply to the email. Instead, contact the organisation directly via the contact details listed on their official website to make sure you’ve received a legitimate email.
If you receive a suspicious-looking email purporting to be from 123 Reg or a website that you believe is hosted by 123 Reg, please forward the email to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and then delete it from your inbox.
For more information about phishing, please read the following Support article: What is phishing?
Spam is the sending of unsolicited messages over the internet, typically via email as well as online message boards and comments sections, with the intent of encouraging as many people as possible to click a link or visit a certain website. Usually, this is done to further a malicious agenda like spreading malware.
If you are being spammed with links that direct you to a site hosted by 123 Reg, please forward any relevant information, including the domain name, to our team at ‘email@example.com’.
Online fraud can come in all shapes and sizes but it can generally be classified as the use of online tools to con victims, often by stealing personal information or payment details and money.
Common examples of online fraud include dummy sites that have been set up to look exactly like the legitimate company’s site – usually with a very similar domain name – which then attempt to get the victim to enter their personal data. Fraudsters can then use this information to access your account or steal your identity.
Another example of online fraud could include selling a product or service online, and then either not delivering the product or delivering a sub-standard product. In this situation, it is usually very difficult, if not impossible, for the victim to get their money back on this purchase.
If you have been defrauded by a site you believe to be hosted by 123 Reg, please contact ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ with as much information as possible, including the domain name of the site.
Please note: If you have encountered a form of abuse that does not fit into any of the above categories and are not sure if you should be raising an issue to our abuse team, you can contact our Support teams who will answer any questions you may have and advise you on your next steps.