by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 7th 2008 6:38am
There have been plenty of stories over the past few years concerning the problems associated with identity fraud -- but with more and more of an individual's "identity" moving online, it was only a matter of time until the problems of identity fraud moved online in a more complete way (beyond just accessing the data and buying things as someone else). For example, Moroccan authorities have arrested a guy for identity fraud in taking over a Morrocan prince's identity on Facebook. The details aren't clear (at all). It could be just that this guy set up an account pretending to be the prince, or he could have accessed the prince's actual site, somehow (though, the article does suggest that the prince doesn't have much of a real presence). This raises some interesting questions. If you're simply creating a profile of a real person and acting as that person -- is that identity fraud?
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