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Man Gets 3 Years In Jail For Fake Facebook Profile

from the fraud-or-fun? dept

Earlier this month, we pointed to the case of a Moroccan computer engineer who was arrested, supposedly for "stealing" the Moroccan prince's profile on Facebook. As we noted in the post, the original details weren't clear on whether the guy had somehow gained control over the prince's actual Facebook page (which seemed unlikely) or if he'd just set up a fake profile. Further details revealed, indeed, that the guy had merely set up a fake profile of the prince for fun. Given how common fake profiles of celebrities are on Facebook, it seems rather ridiculous to consider that being akin to identity fraud. Apparently, however, the judicial system in Morocco feels differently. The guy in question has now been sentenced to three years in jail. This seems ridiculously excessive, especially since it doesn't sound like the fake profile was negative in anyway. The guy, Fouad Mourtada, claims to be a fan of the prince who just saw the opportunity to have a bit of fun in setting up a profile for him. It's difficult to see how any court with any sense of reason could consider that to be the equivalent of identity fraud.

Filed Under: fake profile, identity fraud, morocco
Companies: facebook


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    The infamous Joe, 25 Feb 2008 @ 9:26am

    Clearly the world has gone mad.

    FTA:
    According to the website, he told family members who visited him in jail that he had been blindfolded and beaten unconscious at the time of his arrest.


    Seriously? You guys think this is a *good* response to a fake _FACEBOOK_ profile? Three years in jail??! It wasn't even "Hi, I'm the prince and I like touching small to medium sized mammals." it was just in fun! Do you think there aren't Dubya Bush facebooks out there.. do you really think our great president made it? Should *those* people get 3 years too? What if it was Dubya's relative instead?! (As is the case here.)

    Tell me, what if he ordered a pizza to his house and said he was the prince? 3 years? What if he dresses up for the prince on halloween? 3 years?!

    Pull your heads out of your butts. It's freakin' facebook. Relax. This is absurd, no matter where you live.

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