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Ash, If someone set up an instant messenger profile with a

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Hi Ash,
If someone set up an instant messenger profile with a fictitious name, but uses a profile picture from someone else's profile, has any crime been committed? There has been no attempt to impersonate the person in the photograph, and no attempts to get financial information or anything else from the people that were being contacted.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Law
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

What was the purpose someone did this please? The reasoning?

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The reason was just to chat with people, without giving out any of their own personal details, there was no intention to get any details from anyone else, or about the person shown in the picture.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Thanks.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
just to confirm from the telephone call, there are no legal issues in relation to this? And all of this is anonymous?
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Correct and yes.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
there is no offence generally in using someone's picture, unless it is to commit a fraud or another offence? And it also wouldn't be considered defamation in any way?
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Correct

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
there's definitely no way the police would investigate in this case, and try to track down the person who set the profile up by contacting the messenger company?
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

That's right.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
just to clarify finally:1) Using someone's photo online, but not pretending to do them is not an offence on its own?
2) Chatting to people under this identity is not an offence? The people involved are all over 18.
3) This is not defamation, so there is n way it could be pursued as such in court?
4) The police would not investigate or to try to trace the person as there is no offence, and they could not make an arrest?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Number 1 should say "not pretending to be them"
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

1) Correct

2) Correct

3) Correct

4) They might investigate but no offence.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you, I've lost a lot of sleep.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Sure.