Meta and Chime file lawsuit over alleged Facebook and Instagram phishing scam

Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, said on Tuesday it had filed a joint lawsuit with digital banking firm Chime against two Nigeria-based individuals who engaged in phishing attacks to trick people into accessing their accounts. online financial accounts.

The lawsuit, which is the first joint complaint between Meta and a financial services company, alleged that the defendants used Facebook and Instagram accounts to impersonate Chime and lure people to fake branded phishing websites for the purpose. obtain their Chime account login information and withdraw funds. .

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Meta said the defendants used a computer network to control more than 800 impersonating Instagram accounts and five Facebook accounts, in order to conceal their activity and to escape the techniques. enforcement measures.

Reuters could not immediately reach the defendants for comment.

“Impersonation scams are a serious challenge, and this action represents a major step forward in cross-industry collaboration against this abuse,” said Jessica Romero, director of platform enforcement and litigation at Meta, in a blog post.

Fintech company Chime was launched by former Visa Inc executive Chris Britt and Comcast Corp alum Ryan King in 2012. Reuters exclusively reported last month that Chime had asked Goldman Sachs to help prepare its IPO. Read more

Meta said it had taken several prior actions against the defendants since June 2020 for violating its terms, including disabling their accounts, blocking impersonating domains on its platforms, and sending cease and desist letters. abstention.

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