Can a legal action be taken on someone who contacted their ex through a fake dating online profile?

Asked over 1 year ago - Silver Spring, MD

Someone broke up with their ex & after a while the ex started showing interest back in that person via text message. When the person replied back the ex was not responding again.
So, this person opened a fake online profile pretending to be someone else & copied some unknown person's photo online & emailed it to their ex & the ex responded back thinking this is a new person & some chatting, exchange of emails took place between the two. But when the ex realized who the real person was s/he put an end to these conversations & both the fake email id as well as the online profile was deleted. But the person did all these with only one intention of getting to know what was going on in ex's mind & nothing else. It has nothing to do with the person in the picture. No bullying, no money made.

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  1. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Without sustaining damages, a lawsuit would be fruitless. Best bet is to stay away from online dating, and meet people the old fashion way.

  2. Karen Tallent Munzer

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    Answered . GASP!!!! You mean people post fake profiles and pictures, and lie on dating sites????
    Unfortunately it is very common occurrance, fake profiles using pictures of models and actors are used to entice unsuspecting people. In the news recently there have been several items where people have been scammed out of money, and set up for crimes. The person in your case did the proper thing and notified the site and had the profile deleted. The only party who may have some recourse is the party whose picture was used. They would have a potential argument for identity theft.
    The best advise is be very careful online. You never really know who you are talking to.

    ** LEGAL DISCLAIMER ** This response above is not legal advice and it does not establish an attorney-client... more
  3. George Costas Andriotis

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    Answered . Doesn't appear, based of the facts presented, that your damages warrant bringing a claim.

    Call for a free consultation at 727-937-1400 or visit us on the Web at www.serviceandjustice.com.

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