Women say men pose as females to get conversations to an intimate level, then they start with the lewd comments.It's a regular occurrence in the gay chat rooms where impersonating a gay man or lesbian is the way in.

Honest Abe, if were he alive today, probably would be repulsed by our behavior on line. " said Pecoraro, who has investigated the truthfulness of thousands of people for his clients. "To get girls, guys, or to do whatever," said a computer user who goes by the name G M Night, in an America Online chat room recently. Nobody knows how attractive a person is until the person tells them, so they tell them whatever they want.

George Washington, reportedly incapable of any breach in veracity, would have held his typing fingers in disgusted silence. Apparently, it has a lot to do with all the flirting, and the blatant cybersex talk, that goes on among computer surfers. every day," acknowledged Jer Robert, who was cruising the rooms last week. Everybody, it seems is a professional (architects and attorneys are a common choice, for some reason) and everybody has a great body (intimate details usually included).

If the rules in off-line society are that you don't lie - or that you don't get caught lying - turn that around 180 degrees in the chat room. With false names the accepted norm to be begin with, on-liners concede that false statements are a quick and easy step to make. Most of the false fronting, on-liners say, is harmless talk nobody believes anyway.

In the chat rooms, personality prevarication is the norm. But sometimes it takes a harsher, even dangerous tone.

Why wouldn't they lie when they know they won't get caught? ..."False fronts are a way in, chatters say; a method of looking better in the eyes of the flirtee, they say.

It's no surprise to Mario Pecoraro, a polygraph examiner for Transamerica Service Systems, a lie detection service in Schenectady."People lie on the witness stand.

Last year, a 51-year-old Seattle man was arrested in Westchester County, N.

Y., where he traveled to meet a 14-year-old girl he met through the computer links.

Her mother found out and he was charged with sending sexually explicit pictures of himself over the wires.

A growing number of cases with a similar tone have led to calls for strong anti-crime legislation at both the state and federal levels for predators who use computer lies to lure minors into sex talk.

When it doesn't fall into the illegal category, the masquerading often is annoying or harassing.