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We have started the petition “Government: Pass a CYBER Law to protect victims against cyber cons, bully’s and predators” and need your help to get as many signatures as we can to get us to Capitol Hill. The Bill S5530 has already been introduced into legislation which you can read about at the lower portion of this page.

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Kelley Cahill

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Cyber Bill S 5530 was introduced into legislation last year. I am now committed to go before the House and Senate and gather Bi Partisan support to have this Bill become a Federal Law in all...

Cyber Bill S 5530 was introduced into legislation last year. I am now committed to go before the House and Senate and gather Bi Partisan support to have this Bill become a Federal Law in all states so we can once and for all hold these online predators accountable.

STATUS:

S5530 BALL

ON FILE: 05/20/13 Penal Law

TITLE….Enacts the "catfish e-personation protection act" to establish the class D felony of false pretense

05/16/13 REFERRED TO CODES

BILL TEXT:

STATE OF NEW YORK

5530

2013-2014 Regular Sessions

IN SENATE

May 16, 2013

Introduced by Sen. BALL — read twice and ordered printed, and when

printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the offense

of false pretense

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-

bly, do enact as follows:

1 Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as

2 the "catfish e-personation protection act of 2013".

3 § 2. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 190.22 to read

4 as follows:

5 § 190.22 False pretense.

6 1. A person is guilty of false pretense, when he or she knowingly and

7 without consent impersonates another person through or on an internet

8 website or by other electronic means for the purposes of harming, intim-

9 idating, threatening or defrauding such other person.

10 2. For the purposes of this section:

11 (a) An impersonation is credible if another person would reasonably

12 believe or did reasonably believe that the defendant was or is the

13 person who was impersonated.

14 (b) "Electronic means" shall include the accessing of an e-mail

15 account, or an account or profile on a social networking internet

16 website in another person's name.

17 False pretense is a class D felony.

18 § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-

19 ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

EXPLANATION–Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

[ ] is old law to be omitted.

LBD11019-01-3

SPONSORS MEMO:

NEW YORK STATE SENATE

INTRODUCER'S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT

submitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI. Sec 1

BILL NUMBER: S5530

SPONSOR:  Senator Greg Ball

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to estab-

lishing the offense of false pretense

PURPOSE: To enact the Catfish E-Personation Protection Act to estab-

lish the class D felony of false pretense.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known

as the Catfish E-Personation Protection Act of 2013."

Section 2. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 190.22 to

establish false pretense, stating: a person is guilty of false pretense,

when he or she knowingly and without consent impersonates another person

through an internet website for the purposes of harming, intimidating,

threatening or defrauding such other person. An impersonation is credi-

ble if another person would reasonably believe that the defendant was

the person impersonated. Electronic means of impersonation includes

email accounts and social networking profiles in another person's name.

False pretense is a class D felony.

Section 3 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Online predators and con artists use their own identity

and real pictures of themselves but falsify their relationship status.

They create profiles on dating websites and claim they are either single

or divorced when in fact many are still married. They create a false

profile • in the hopes of luring a victim into believing, they are

available and seeking a relationship, then convince the victim to

provide financial support for their own personal gain. As a result of

the deceit, victims of e-personation ale left with emotional, mental.

and financial loss. People who create fake profiles often target many

victims over long periods of time. Currently there is no law making this

type of deceit a crime. This legislation establishes c-personation and

false pretense as a class D felony to hold those who consciously deceive

and lie to unsuspecting victims on the internet for their own personal

or financial gain accountable for their actions.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of November

next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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