GoDaddy scammed its own employees and everyone is furious

Employees at GoDaddy received an email on Dec. 14 which notified them that they would be receiving a holiday bonus — except it wasn’t real. It seems unfeasible that so many people approved this idea before it got sent out to over 7,000 employees. A copy of the email obtained by 12 News said: “Happy Holiday GoDaddy! 2020 has been a record year for GoDaddy, thanks to you”. “Though we cannot celebrate together during our annual Holiday Party, we want to show our appreciation and share a $650 one-time Holiday bonus”. “To ensure that you receive your one-time bonus in time for the Holidays, please select your location and fill in the details by Friday, December 18”. Employees were initially confused since they had already been told that they wouldn’t be receiving a bonus in 2020. They later found out the email was a phishing test, which many companies use to keep employees on top of being able to identify scam emails. In a consequent town hall, employees expressed outrage over the content of the fake email — particularly given the pandemic and the fact that GoDaddy had experienced lay-offs across the country in June