Imposter Law and Legal Definition

An imposter is a person who engages in deception under an assumed name or identity. Imposters, with an intention to cheat others, assume different name and identities. They make deceitful pretenses either to conduct a fraudulent action or to escape from justice. These persons try to gain financial and social advances by pretending to be someone else. Usually, impostors take on a new and completely fabricated identity, misrepresenting their financial status, educational status, social status, family background and, in some cases, gender. However, in matters of espionage and law enforcement also persons assume different name and identity. Sometimes, persons commit imposter to play pranks on fellow beings.