Tue 4th January 2011, 2:47pm
QUOTE(Somey @ Tue 4th January 2011, 1:44am)
Poetguy has used misleading e-mail addresses before, including addresses containing real names, meant to make us think he's a specific other person who actually exists. Unfortunately, the laws regarding this kind of e-mail impersonation are just as far behind the curve as most other internet-related laws, in virtually all Western democracies. Again, I'm not suggesting that his behavior is excusable, morally defensible, or even tolerable in a civilized society, but I doubt you could get him thrown in jail or even fined for it, and he's certainly not doing it to steal anything - at least not anything tangible.
I guess what I'm saying is that if you're going to throw around terms like "identity theft" and "stalking," you've got to have something better than this to work with. Call it what it is - malicious impersonation. Exaggerating the offense only encourages whatever real criminal impulses he may actually have, by making him think he's got nothing to lose by taking it to the next level.
If Wikipedians can curtail their misuse of the word "stalking" - given that they were, at times, some ofthe worst abusers of this term in the history of written language - then so can you, just like everyone else here.
The way I see it.
1. The email is registered to a university that does not have open email registration.
2. The email's name is that of someone enrolled at the university.
3. If he is impersonating the individual to attend the university then he lied on his entrance application and broke laws doing so.
4. If he didn't, then he stole someone's email address or impersonated them somehow to get access to their email address. That is a crime in the US - the Sarah Palin hacked email account case.
3 or 4 are crimes and the possibility.
The school itself is part of the University of London system, which makes falsifying information about yourself in some way to get privileges there most likely a crime. I know of one person who sent me an email BCC that was sent to an employee of the school to expose Poetlister's act.