Can you get in trouble for online dating
: Louisiana recently passed a law which makes “maliciously impersonating someone” online a misdemeanor.
If the fake profile or impersonation is done “with the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud another person”, they could wind up with a misdemeanor charge against them.
I’m going to tell you something that you already know: dating is a frustrating process of trial and error.
For a lot of people, it’s a seemingly never-ending dance of missed connections, nights you’ll never get back again and wondering just what’s wrong with you and why everybody else seems to have it so much easier. In fact, for many people, online dating is such a trial that they give up early on.
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.
Apparently, depending on the circumstances, people do have legal recourse for being duped online.
California’s law against using a fake profile requires a bit more to prosecute someone. James, who held herself out to be a fireman, Jesse Jubilee James, on an online message board, the fake profile creation left her with a lawsuit alleging fraudulent misrepresentation. James met Paula Bonhomme on the message board and Bonhomme was instantly attracted to James’ animal-loving nature.