It is illegal to use another person’s name or identity to do injury or get an inappropriate profit, as defined in PC 529, which also goes by the label of “false personation.” A misdemeanor or a felony might be charged for this crime. A criminal conviction carries a sentence of up to three years in prison. PC 529 requires that the prosecution show that the defendant impersonated another person by one of the following means:
- Posting bail or a bond in the name of another person;
- Document in the name of another person is verified, published, acknowledged, or proven to be true (i.e., pretending to be someone else to cash a check made out to that person;
- Doing something that makes another person civilly or criminally liable for the defendant’s actions or subject to any other penalty or charges. This might be as simple as signing their name or taking their picture or fingerprints at the police station.
What Tactics Criminals May Use to Impersonate Someone?
To impersonate you, a criminal may have used any one of several tactics:
Criminals can infiltrate your computer system
Cybercriminals may make attempts to hack your email. For example, they might send an urgent notification that an account you own is about to be shut down until you verify your bank or personal details. A web link will most likely be included in the email to allow you to provide the fraudster with your personal information. White-collar thieves may utilize your personal information in a variety of ways. A hacker may get their hands on your email and begin sending spam. They may be able to get access to your computer and watch your activity directly. Scammers may target your bank accounts. Fraudsters might get your personal information in several ways, even when you avoid phishing or hacking attempts.
Scammers may use your email address to send fraudulent emails to you
A Forbes article claims that scammers in the real estate sector may send emails purporting to be from agents or other parties involved in the transaction to deceive unsuspecting property purchasers. Looking at the email address first, you cannot tell whether it is correct. The emails may have all the correct names and formatting. If the email address differs by even a single character from the legitimate one, you’ve probably received a fake.
Email spoofing does not need a hacker breaking into your computer. To set up a fake email account, fraudsters might hunt for email addresses or other information on public sites. These thieves may target anybody, from business owners and financial institutions to real estate brokers and other service providers.
Fake social media profiles
Deceptive individuals and organizations use stolen photographs, logos, and other identifying information to set up phony social media profiles to spread misinformation. There are many bogus social media accounts since it is the most straightforward method of impersonation for fraudsters. As a result, scammers may take advantage of the fact that freshly established accounts aren’t immediately visible. These periods of low visibility are exploited by impersonators who target clients with aggressive false advertising campaigns. Customers are typically routed to a website outside the social network, where the fraudster offers counterfeit items purporting to be the original brand.
Someone abusing you may also use your personal information to pretend to be you online, inviting others to harass or harm you. In other cases, attackers may even impersonate someone else to get others to assault you. This “dream” may be described as a “rape fetish” in the ad or online post by the abuser, who would then beg for someone to fulfill this wish.
For the person sexually assaulting you to believe that your protest or resistance is part of some “role-playing,” these kinds of internet postings are made. It is very uncommon for rape charges to be made against both the abuser who posts the message and the perpetrator of the crime to be charged with rape or solicitation to rape.
It’s time to explore an internet reputation management service if the law cannot aid you. After all, imitation is only detrimental if others can notice it. Impersonation will have little effect if you drown it in a sea of accurate and reliable facts. In the long run, the fraudster will likely give up and solve your issue.
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Seppi Esfandi is an Expert Attorney who has over 21 years of practice defending a variety of cases.