Is catfishing illegal in the UK?

Yair Cohen is interviewed by TV host Vanessa Cruickshank about catfishing and whether catfishing could or should be made illegal.

Although catfishing is not illegal in the UK there are concerns that the practice of use of fake online profiles to trick people to depart with private information and agree to meet someone in person is getting out of control. There are now calls for catfishing to be made illegal but this might create.

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