If someone were to start phishing scammers, hijacking their accounts and handing them over to the FBI, is there any protection for said vigilante?
I think there is some precedence for the necessity law but for the life of me I can't find any information online. You always hear about people taking the fight back to criminals but one thing commonly left out in these articles is the legality.
So my direct question: Is there any certificate, law, license that one can get that protects their ability to hunt scammers, phish their accounts and hand over the information to the feds?
Since this got migrated to law I will clarify some of the terms above.
When I say phish someones account I mean tricking the scammer into handing over their credentials. Usually this is done with a fake login page that is tied to the hacker's [good guy in this case] database. When the scammer types in their credentials they are handing over their username and password willingly. I don't doubt this is legal.
What I am asking is, if said hacker then uses these credentials to log into the scammers accounts, and changes all the passwords effectively locking the scammer out [hijacking]. Would the hacker be in violation of the computer fraud and abuse act, and therefore liable when they handed the accounts over to the FBI?