MS: Now a misdemeanor offense to impersonate someone online

Dec 8, 2004
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Several news laws that provide Mississippians with extra protection went into effect July 1.

It is now a misdemeanor offense to impersonate someone online. A person would face a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000 dollars -- or at least ten days, up to one year in jail, or both.

Three misdemeanor vulnerable person offenses committed within a five year period is now a felony.

The kidnapping statute now includes vulnerable persons.

It's a misdemeanor for someone to prevent a victim from seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance which carries a maximum fine of $1,000 dollars and/or up to six months in jail.

The drug statutes have been amended to make certain addictive pain killers and muscle relaxers scheduled drugs.

Nathan's Law requires motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus. Violators could be fined up to $750 dollars for a first offense. A second offense could result in a fine and up to a year in prison.

Individual officials could face fines of $500 to $1,000 dollars for improperly closing meetings that should be open to the public.

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Mags

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Then all the regulars here should be doing time.
 

Ego

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VMS

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Blah, blah, blah.

If I make a phone call to someone, impersonating someone else, is that against the law?

If so, then it should be against the law to do so online.

If not, then it shouldn't be illegal to do so online.

What's so fucking hard to understand about that?

Yes, the internet is a rich, complicated, deep form of telecommunication. It's still telecommunications. Legally, what's the difference between a phone call, a fax, an email, or a blog?
 

ShooterMcGavin

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So if a 15 year old prank calls his neighbor and informs him to catch his running refrigerator, he can go to prison?
 

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Impersonation also requires that the person exists. My buddy made fake IDs in high school and we figured out that by using our real picture, name, etc and simply changing the DOB we were committing a slight misdemeanor... but to use another person's identity it would be a felony.

I don't think I have a problem with this, especially if the intent is defamation, to commit fraud, or to harm someone.
 

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