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I have been in alot of trouble with police lately doing illegal actions to catch criminals. I was thinking of trying something else but I want to make sure that it is legal to do this stuff and what I need to avoid.

I've been watching alot of YouTube videos of people catching pedophiles in person through online communication. I want to do similar but stay on the right side of the law.

So is it legal to pretend to be an age you are not on websites that require you to be a certain age. Although this may breech their terms and conditions will it be enough to get me in trouble with the police.

Also when looking for pedophiles what do I need to be aware of. When does it go too far and what should I avoid doing to not get myself into trouble but to gather as much evidence against a person

Living in the UK BTW

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    Just to state the obvious...you know who else pretends to be underage to get into places where kids are? Pedophiles. Legality aside, you're setting off the very same alarm bells they do, so don't be surprised if/when you get attention from the cops. – cHao Nov 15 '17 at 19:49
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    @cHao Just realised that... Gonna be alot harder to work out who i will be actually talking to – E2Busy Nov 15 '17 at 20:15
  • @cHao Remember what happened to that catch a predator show? Didn't they get in legal trouble for that same thing? It's like entrapment or something. So even if you catch them it doesn't count. But maybe it was entrapment because the police were involved. If Racing121 is working alone is that entrapment? I'm asking you cHao because you've been kicking ass lately – LateralTerminal Nov 15 '17 at 20:31
  • What will you do? If you are actually of age, and the alleged pedophile is of age, it seems you can both consent to sexually explicit discussion or acts. The most you could do is embarass them, but it might be embarassing for you, too. – Brandin Nov 15 '17 at 20:34
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    @RACING121: It becomes an issue if your actions can be construed as tempting a pedo to do something he wasn't already intending to do. There's lots of grey areas, but if you want one big bright red line, you don't get to initiate the conversation, neither in general nor about anything sexual. All the first moves have to be the pedo's. And if he says he doesn't feel right about it, you are done. No pushing the issue. – cHao Nov 16 '17 at 13:07

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