(Reuters) – Facebook Inc.'s parent company Meta Platforms Inc. said on Tuesday that it had filed a joint lawsuit with the digital banking company Chime Financial Inc. against two Nigeria-based individuals who engaged in phishing attacks to deceive people.
The trial, which is the first joint complaint between Meta and a financial services company, claimed that the defendants used Facebook and Instagram accounts to imitate Chime and lure people to fake trademark phishing websites in order to obtain their login information for the Chime account and withdraw money.
In the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Meta said the defendants used a network of computers to control more than 800 poses for to be Instagram accounts and five Facebook accounts, to hide their activity and avoid technical
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"Imitation fraud is a serious challenge, and this measure represents a major step forward in cross-industry cooperation against this abuse," said Jessica Romero, Metas CEO for platform application and litigation, in a blog post.
The fintech company Chime was launched by former Visa Inc. CEO Chris Britt and Comcast Corp. alumnus Ryan King in 2012. Reuters exclusively reported last month that Chime had asked Goldman Sachs to help it with IPO preparations.
Meta said so. had taken several previous actions against the defendants since June 2020 for violating its terms, including disabling their accounts, blocking the impersonation of domains on its platforms and sending notices of termination and waiver.