MPs have been urged to outlaw ‘catfishing’, when perpetrators steal the identity of someone else to strike up an online relationship

MPs have been urged to outlaw what has been dubbed “catfishing” – when people set up fake profiles for nefarious purposes.

The phenomenon, which is not illegal, typically involves perpetrators stealing the online identity of someone else, and creating a profile to lure victims into having a relationship. The term originated from the US documentary Catfish.

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