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Is “Catfishing” A Crime?

Catfishing is a modern phenomenon gripping the nation, leading to heartbreak, deceit, and betrayal. Due to the uncharted nature of the Internet, laws are still very much evolving with each and every case. So much of the legal aspects of the Internet are still unknown, making it difficult to fully distinguish whether or not something is illegal. However, Internet crimes are real, and they are met with hostile consequences such as fines, probation, jail time, etc.

Catfishing refers to deliberately misleading someone on the Internet, predominantly through social media. A “catfish” is someone who propagates a false identity online, for reasons ranging from financial gain to personal entertainment. A common example is when someone creates a dating profile with pictures of an attractive man or woman, in order to lure potential suitors into a fake relationship in which they often request money and gifts.

While catfishing itself is simply immoral, not illegal, certain forms of Internet bullying may land the perpetrator in hot water, especially if someone is scamming, manipulating, or blackmailing another for monetary purposes. If the situation is serious enough and involves misleading someone for personal gain, these pranks may end up resulting in disastrous penalties--especially as Internet laws become more defined as time goes on.

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