In sum, there are various legal ramifications for creating a fake online profile.
Before investing in someone that you have only “met” online, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself: 1) Ask detailed questions (Where do you live?
Heartbroken and thoroughly embarrassed, the featured individual confronts the trickster and is informed of the motives behind the creation of the fake profile.
With the popularity of the television show “Catfish” and the Manti Te’o scandal, I began wondering what people can do legally if they become entwined in their own fake profile/relationship situation.
In California, it is not enough to just “assume the persona of someone else.” The person must also “do something while pretending to be that person that could get that person into legal trouble.” Texas has a similar law : The law makes it a felony to use the “name or persona” of another person, without their permission, to create a page or send a message on a social networking website “with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person.” Dunn, Sydni. Bonhomme and James carried on a relationship for three months where Bonhomme spoke with members of James’ family and many friends. James scandal, the fraudulent misrepresentation cause of action was a tool exclusively used for businesses to receive compensation for false statements. James matter expanded fraudulent misrepresentation to include false statements made by one individual to another where there was emotional and financial destruction.
The new MTV television phenom show, “Catfish”, and the recent Manti Te’o Notre Dame football scandal involving a player’s supposed online relationship, have left us begging the question: what are the legal ramifications for ‘catfish’ing someone [creating a fake profile]?provides factual information regarding the origins, development, and contemporary meaning of each section of the Texas Constitution.This publication is available electronically thanks to the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas and the permission of the numerous authors.Apparently, depending on the circumstances, people do have legal recourse for being duped online.: Louisiana recently passed a law which makes “maliciously impersonating someone” online a misdemeanor.“JDI Dating used fake profiles to make people think they were hearing from real love interests and to trick them into upgrading to paid memberships,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.“Adding insult to injury, users were charged automatically to renew their subscriptions – often without their consent.” According to a complaint filed by the FTC, JDI Dating and William Mark Thomas operate a worldwide dating service via 18 websites, including cupidswand.com, and In addition, the defendants failed to tell subscribers that their subscriptions would be renewed automatically and that they would continue to be charged until they canceled.To avoid additional charges, members had to cancel at least 48 hours before their subscriptions ended.Unfortunately, when the digital love interest shows up – surprise surprise – it is never the person it is expected to be.Instead, the poor victim is met face-to-face with usually a friend, an enemy playing a sick joke, or an ex-lover.