Angela said she was lonely and enjoyed the personal connection that the scam provided her.
Schulman was shocked and humiliated, but he also described feeling sad for Wesselman.
As someone who has practiced criminal law in the Sacramento region for nearly 20 years, I've seen the law adapt to our rapidly changing world.
An example is a new California law that updates existing codes concerning impersonation of someone else for the purpose to defraud or cause to that other person.
But those are pretty benign examples; the person who dared to incur the wrath of Exxon Mobil by pretending to be the oil corporation had his Twitter presence erased pretty swiftly, while a satirical 'Daily Mail' account was renamed "Not Daily Mail" by Twitter after similar intervention.
However, parody, commentary, or fan accounts are allowed on the site.
Facebook's help centre says "impostor accounts" are not allowed. Some remarked that the changes were welcome, but not enough: Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Folami Prehaye explained the impact that such an incident had on her life.
Civil Remedies Significantly, the new law also provides victims of malicious online impersonation the ability to file a civil claim against the impersonator to seek compensatory damages and other remedies.
Free and Confidential Consultation The frequency of internet related violations is increasing as more people access the web and new laws define what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.