If admins/mods of an online dating site comes across a prolific catfish account, would they report this to police if there is a possibility that they’ve broken the law?

So for instance, if someone reports an account to the site, and subsequently it gets blocked.

Would they admins/mods go through the data of that account and if anything ‘illegal’ is found, like unsolicited pics etc, would they contact the police?

  • Voting to close for lack of details or clarity. Who has broken the law? The catfisher, or the dating site? What do you mean by "possibility that they've broken the law?" Anything is possible. Do you mean a particular suspicion based on evidence? Also the question seems to be a general one about policies of these sites, and that is likely to vary between sites. – Paul Johnson Jul 18 at 10:57
  • Also, what do you mean by "come across"? Dating site employees should not be randomly browsing private data and conversations out of curiosity. A site might well have policies and procedures to identify patterns of fraudulent activity, but that is not "coming across" an account. – Paul Johnson Jul 18 at 11:02
  • So say an account had been reported by another user and the account had been blocked. Then the admin/mods would see the accounts that have been blocked, and notice a catfisher was using said account. – Starstruck124 Jul 18 at 11:08
  • Can you edit your question to add more details and clarify exactly what your question is please? – Paul Johnson Jul 18 at 11:10
  • Do the admins believe that the catfisher broke the law in his dealing with other users, or that he broke the law attacking the site, or that he broke the contract terms of use for the site? A picture could be illegal if it is pornographic, or if it depicts people other than the poster, but not if it merely breaks the terms of use of the site. – o.m. Jul 19 at 10:59

You don't mention a jurisdiction, but from your other questions I'm inferring English law (or, at least, UK). Since there is no obligation on a private individual to report a crime or suspicion of a crime, how an organisation responds to one depends on its own policies.

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