What the reason behind you pretending to be someone else and what advantage did you again by the use of it?
I will define fraud for you as it appears in the law dictionary from which you will see then that this is not fraud. He may not be very happy about it but he’s not suffered any loss and you’ve not suffered any gain.
Fraud = A false representation by means of a statement or conduct (that fits) made knowingly or recklessly (that fits) in order to gain a material advantage.
It is the latter part “in order to gain a material advantage” where his fraud claim falls down because you have had any advantage at all.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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You said that you had a conversation and pretended to be an overseas student. You haven’t hacked into anybody else’s account So There Is No Offence under the Computer Misuse Act
Admittedly, you lied with claim that You Are account had been hacked but, even if it had, and whilst Hotmail may taking issue with it, it seems unlikely they going to be particularly bothered firstly because the account wasn’t hacked and secondly, for the reasons I stated earlier, there is no material advantage and hence no fraud.
He may allege fraud but that’s only because he doesn’t know what fraud is.
I don’t know Hotmail’s involvement is in this.
If you reported hacking to Hotmail, they may close the account but I cannot see that they would bring any legal action anyway because it simply is not worth it.
If the lecturer reported hacking to Hotmail, then it’s nothing to do with him.
They may not be happy and Hotmail, but I think the worst thing that could happen is they would close the account.
There is no legal action to bring here and no criminal offence. There is nothing to worry about. The worst that can happen is that your account gets closed. To be honest, Hotmail are probably not that bothered.
You are under no legal duty to give him any information. I would not give him any account details. If you do, you are compromising your account.
If he brings up legal action by Hotmail just tell him that if they do, you will deal with it. We can help you with that. I would be very surprised if they even bothered.
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Would not actually brush it aside as such because that might annoy him even more. Express your “concern” and say that if he wants to do that, you have no choice and he will deal with them if they contact you. There is no need to expand.
There is no element of fraud here based upon what you’ve told me.
Literally what it says. Being better off than you were before a fraud. Usually financially but it could be an item (material)
Nothing to do with the teacher. He actually had no right to report it as it isn’t his account. You could complain about him!
You asked me three times now whether I’m sure that mail will take any action over this. My answer remains the same. I cannot see that they have any action to bring. There are no guarantees in law.
However if they discussed your account with the teacher, they are in breach of the Data Protection Act and you have a cause of action against them to complain to the Information Commissioner. They should not have told him anything that all and it may be that he is fabricating their replies to try to get you to trip yourself up.
We are beginning to go around in circles now.
Let me clarify once and for all.
I cannot guarantee that Hotmail would take no action. I think it unlikely in the extreme.
It is nothing to do with the teacher if your account was hacked.
He has no right to speak to Hotmail about your account about anything at all.
They have no right to speak to him about your account and if they do, it’s a breach of the Data Protection Act and you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
There is no fraud simply because you pretended to be someone else and then, when you were tackled about it you said that someone had hacked your account.
There may be an issue between you and the teacher or the college with regard to professional conduct within the course, but that is nothing that would end up with you being in any kind of legal trouble.
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He could well have been
He can ask what he likes in general but not specifically about your account
Having read everything you’ve said, and everything that he said, I would not be the least bit concerned if I were you.