Question: Is catfishing illegal?

Is Catfishing Illegal? The impersonation of another person online is not illegal by itself. However, the actions of the instigator of catfishing usually engage in some form of illegal activity at some point. Almost anything the person does could have legal ramifications when he or she catfishes another person.

Is being a catfish illegal?

Is catfishing illegal? Catfishing in itself is not illegal. The act of using anothers picture and talking to people online is not against the law, but it is often a step towards illegal activities.

Can you go to jail if you catfish someone?

Currently catfishing is not illegal but elements of the activity could be covered by different parts of the law. If a victim hands over money, the catfish could be prosecuted for fraud. Someone using a fake profile to post offensive messages or doctored images designed to humiliate could also face criminal action.

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