In an announcement on his website Facebook announced today that in an effort to combat the abuse of their platform, they today filed two separate lawsuits against fraudsters who violated the Terms and Advertising Policies.
In the first case, the defendants are a California marketing company that ran an advertisement - bait and in the second case, the defendants are a group of people in Vietnam who stole users' codes and made them see unauthorized advertisements.
The first lawsuit is against N&J USA Incorporated, Mohit Melwani and Vishaal Melwani, who placed misleading Facebook ads promoting the sale of merchandise such as clothing, watches and toys. When someone clicks on one of these ads, they are redirected to third-party e-commerce sites to complete their purchase. After paying for an item, users either never received anything or received products that were different or of lower quality than those advertised.
In an attempt to hide the Facebook bait system, the defendants blocked and hid user complaints and negative reviews on their Facebook pages.
The second lawsuit is against four individuals residing in Vietnam, Thêm Hữu Nguyễn, Lê Khang, Nguyễn Quốc Bảo and Pham Hữu Dung, who used a technique known as “theft session theft or cookie theft to hack accounts of advertising and commercial agency employees and then run unauthorized ads.
Defendants deceived the victims by installing an app for cell phones από το Google Play Store που ονομαζόταν παραπλανητικά “Ad Manager για το Facebook”. Αυτή η εφαρμογή, η οποία έχει αφαιρεθεί έκτοτε από το Play store, δημιουργήθηκε από τους κατηγορούμενους και ώθησε τους χρήστες να μοιραστούν τα διαπιστευτήρια connectionς στο Facebook και άλλες πληροφορίες, οι οποίες στη συνέχεια χρησιμοποιήθηκαν για access on their Facebook accounts and to display advertisements.
In some cases, these ads also promoted online scams. The group raised more than $ 36 million in unauthorized ads.