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Facebook announces latest legal action over the copycat domain names to stop phishing scams

Facebook has launched its legal actions against shady websites that are trying to steal Facebook users information, which can damage its reputation all over the world. Facebook is trying its best to stop people from misusing its platform and branding. It’s not every time that only people are involved in scams, sometimes an organization or a group also does the same activity, as Facebook is now focusing on the company which was involved in buying Facebook-like domain names with an intention of tricking users through a phishing scam in which the attacker attempt to steal the sensitive and confidential data of users such as usernames, ID, passwords, and credit card information by impersonating itself as a trusted entity.

To stop these scams, Facebook has said that it has filed a case in Pennsylvania against New Ventures Services Corp (NVSC), a company that has frequently been involved in cybersquatting actions. This company has registered hundreds of the same domain names as Facebook has and it tries to make people fool by imitating Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. You may have also got an email from a company that might look mistrustful for a domain name almost the same as Facebook. Beware of these emails as these emails are not sent by the major platform rather you are getting deceived by these suspicious companies.

To verify emails whether, it is from the actual platform or from a deceiving company. Remember that the domain hosting the official emails is "facebook.com" not "Facbook.com". To experience web users, this is a quite noticeable scam, but still, there are a number of users who do not check whether it is from an actual platform or from fake companies having a similar domain name, ultimately, they get duped by these emails, and resultantly, they end up losing their confidential data and their personal information because of these prompts.

According to Facebook, NVSC has bought a number of copycat domains like ‘intagram-login.com’, ‘facebooked.net’, and ‘installwhatsapp.com’. Facebook is trying to stop these activities on its platform by adding a new tab named 'Recent emails from Facebook' within the app to double-check any communication or email sent from the actual company. This tab is also available on Instagram to help people recognizing the actual emails sent by the platform. But still, many scammers try different attempts to deceive people and some legal actions are necessary to combat such attacks and it is good for the platform to seek legal recourse against phishing scams. It is the latest in Facebook’s continuing chains of legal actions against the misuse of this platform which is designed to reduce criminal activities and establish a legal pattern for sentences around evolving forms of cybercrime. This is a very important element, which not only punishes these attackers but it could also help the evolution or applicable laws for these kinds of behaviors.


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