SEATTLE - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and Facebook have announced lawsuits against the co-owners of an ad network that allegedly developed scams and encouraged others to spread spam through various deceptive tactics.

On of the defendants is from Huntington, W.Va.

Adscend Media LLC allegedly used misleading methods such as "clickjacking" to spread scams from user to user on the popular social media site, Facebook. McKenna and Facebook each filed separate lawsuits against Adscend and its owners.

"We don't 'like' schemes that illegally trick Facebook users into giving up personal information or paying for unwanted subscription services through spam," McKenna said Thursday.

McKenna's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle against the Delaware-based Adscend and co-owners Fehzan Ali of Austin, Texas, and Jeremy Bash of Huntington, W.Va. The lawsuit alleges violations of Washington's Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits deceptive and unfair business practices, the Commercial Electronic Mail Act, which prohibits obscuring or misrepresenting any information in identifying the transmission path or the point of origin of a commercial electronic message, and the CAN-SPAM Act, which makes it illegal to initiate or procure the transmission of misleading commercial electronic communications.

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