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 lying about your name online illegal?
Is lying on the Internet a federal crime? Yes! The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) under 18 U.S.C. § 1030 was enacted by Congress as an amendment to existing federal law known as the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.
Is lying about a crime illegal?
That the defendants statement was “materially” false. Lying by itself is not illegal, including lying to a federal agent. A statement must be “materially” false to be illegal. The law still applies even if the federal agent knows the statement is false.
Can you lie about what state you live in?
If you just plain flat out lie about where you live, youll end up being caught when they check (and they do check). Youll be asked to prove that you actually live where you claim you do. Rent, utility bills, grocery bills If you cant prove it, youll be taxed, and will probably have to pay penalties.