is it illegal to use chat sites to catch preditors, i saw some people doing it and wanted to help them but i am not sure it is legal ?
i am worried it is illegal because it involves catfishing some one, and i was informed that is illegal.
is it legal to use chat sites to catch predetors so i can show where they are to the fbi?
- 1 month ago
There are lots of groups of people that do that. It isn't illegal where I am at, in Texas. Nor is it illegal in Oklahoma, as far as criminal charges are concerned. But you should look into the Oklahoma Predator Prevention. Far as I know they are still going through a long legal matter in Oklahoma where someone they were trying to catch or did catch filed a defamation law suit against them and is seeking in excess of $10,000. You could even google "Oklahoma Predator Prevention in trouble" and I am sure you will find some news video clips. Even the news referred to the group as "vigilantes".
- Anonymous1 month ago
If you really "want to help," then volunteer at your local hospital, animal shelter, Red Cross, Big Brothers and Sisters, etc. Leave the criminal catching to the police.
- 1 month ago
Generally speaking, catfishing is not illegal...that being said, I would suggest you leave the law enforcement to the law enforcement professionals. Whatever "evidence" you collect would probably not be admissible in a court anyway, so it would likely do more harm than good to interfere.