How to Find Out Who Made a Fake Facebook Account

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How to Find Out Who Made a Fake Facebook Account

Is someone using a Facebook account to pretend to be you? Are you making a fake Facebook account because your favorite celebrity is not on the app yet, and you want to claim some fame? There are many reasons why a fake Facebook account might be made by you or others.

Can You Find Out Who’s Behind A Fake Facebook Account?

Thankfully, if you want to learn who is the owner of a fake Facebook account, you can. There are quite a few ways that you can try and figure out who is behind a fake Facebook account.

How to Find Out Whos Behind a Fake Facebook Account

1. Use Grabify IP Logger

One way to learn who is behind a fake Facebook account is by using Grabify IP Logger.

To do this, go to grabify.link, then create a randomized URL, then start a conversation with the fake account, send them the link, and once they press the link their IP address will be revealed.

Refresh your page and you will have the fake Facebook accounts IP address.

2. Click Forgot Password, Then Enter Their Username Then Look At The Email Facebook Says They’ve Sent The Recovery Link to

A more sneaky way to try and learn who is behind a fake account is by trying to log into the fake account with their username.

Once you have typed in the username, tap on forgot password and Facebook will send a password reset link to the email that the fake account was made with. If you know this email or their name is the email, you can figure out who it is.

3. Look Through The Fake Accounts Friends List

By looking through the accounts that follow or are friends with the fake account, you can try and figure out who they are. Sometimes, people will be friends their fake accounts with their personal accounts or follow their personal accounts with their fake accounts.

If you know someone who the fake account is following or is friends with that has no other correlation to this account, there is a possibility that they have befriended themselves and you just caught them.

4. Sync Your Contacts and Check If The Fake Account Comes Up

You can also sync your contacts into Facebook to try and learn who is behind a fake account. Once you do this, Facebook will tell you [username] is one of your contacts.

If you have the owner of the fake account in your contacts and they have attached their phone number to their fake account, this will quickly out them as you will directly see the fake account uses that contacts number.

5. Sync Facebook Friends

One way that you can figure out who is behind a fake Facebook account is by syncing your Facebook with your Facebook account.

This way, people you are friends with on Facebook will be suggested for you to follow on Facebook. If the fake account has also linked their Facebook to this and you are friends with them on Facebook, their fake account will appear in your suggested area.

This can help you narrow down who is behind the account based on who your Facebook friends are.

6. Search The Name Behind the Fake Account

Sometimes, when people create a fake account, they will use their real names when making it. You can look into the name of their account by searching it on any search engine and learning who has this name.

Then, you can try and find this person’s real account by looking up their name on Facebook and seeing what accounts you come across.

7. Ask The Fake Account Who’s Behind It

A very straight forward and easy way to find out who is behind a fake Facebook account is to simply ask the fake Facebook account. You can do this by directly messaging the account.

Go to the fake account and below their bio, you will see Message. Select that and send them a message asking them who they are. They may not respond or they might not tell you who they are, but there is a chance that they will reveal themselves.

This way, you have some hope at learning who is behind the fake Facebook account.

8. Ask Friends If They Know Who’s Behind the Account

Similarly to asking the fake Facebook account who they are, you can also ask other people who may know the account as well.

Especially if this fake account is big in your friend group or maybe with your colleagues, there is a chance that someone around you will know who runs the fake Facebook account.

There is no harm in asking and it may even allow you to finally learn who is running the fake Facebook account.

10. Check For Clues On Their Profile

There also might be some little clues and hints on the fake Facebook account as to who the owner is. Maybe they are named Katie in real life and just decided to use the same name for their fake account, but changed it a little bit to Katy.

Or, maybe the initials of the fake account are the same as their real account. A lot of times when people do make a fake anything, they struggle to separate from their true identities and leave little traces like these behind.

Another little hint that might exist is in the bio of the fake account, where they may give away too much information and you can use that to figure out who they are.

Can Police Track Fake Facebook Accounts

Another thing that can happen with your Facebook account, if needed, is that the police can track it. This will only happen if you are doing things with your fake Facebook account that are illegal and require the police to step in for the safety of others.

Is is very rare for this to happen, but can if you are making threats, posting nude or sexual content without the consent of the person in the content or if they are a minor, and if you are infringing upon something that is copy righted.

As seen, tragically, in society recently, people have been posting warnings about potential mass shootings. If you are posting such things, the police will be able to obtain a warrant to track you and learn the information behind your fake Facebook account.

Remember, this only happens in situations where it is needed and the police can actually obtain a warrant to track you. Otherwise, the police will have no reason to track your fake Facebook account and will leave you alone.

Can Someone Track My Fake Facebook Account

1. If You Add Your Real Number and Email

One way that people are able to track your fake Facebook account is if you add your real number and your real email to this fake account. By adding your real information, you are tying the account to information that is undeniable to you.

This will allow anyone who has your phone number to know that one of their contacts is on Facebook and it is your fake account that appears with the number.

Additionally, by using your real email, any information that is emailed about your fake Facebook account from Facebook will be going to your real email.

This will absolutely allow anyone to see that this fake Facebook account is yours because your email was used to create the account.

2. If You Use Your Name

Another way that people can easily track your fake Facebook account is by creating the fake account under your real name.

Even if you have a common name that is popular where you are located, people will still assume it can be you behind this fake account because you have the same name.

Even anything similar to your name can be linked back to you and allow people to track your fake Facebook account.

The best thing to do to avoid people being able to track your fake Facebook account based on your real name is to make the account under a fake name that is in no way similar to your real name.

3. If You Follow Your Personal Account or It Follows You

If you decide to follow your personal account on your fake account, or decide to follow your fake account with your personal account, this will be an easy link between your real identity and your fake Facebook account.

When creating a fake account on Facebook, do not interact with your personal account at all. Never interact with your fake account with your personal account either.

If either account is following the other, this can make people who are tracking the owner of the fake account include you into people who might be the owner of the fake account.

Play is safe if you have a fake Facebook account and never interact with anything personal of yours.

4. Facebook Might Know

One way that you can be traced back to your identity from your fake Facebook account is by Facebook itself. Facebook will have access to anything your account has ever done, personal and fake.

Since you can have multiple accounts on the same device, Facebook can tell that you are easily fipping between both your personal account and your fake account.

While this knowledge is not given to the public, know that Facebook most likely does know who you are if you utilize your personal account and your fake account on the same device. Facebook may also know because they can track what internet connections, locations, and times you decide to use your fake Facebook account.

If this information lines up with your personal account, even if it is on separate devices, Facebook can realize these patterns and learn that you are the owner of the fake account.

How to Prevent Your Fake Account From Getting Found Out

1. Don’t Use Your Real Details, including Name, Number, and Email

When you first create an Facebook account, there are certain details you need to include in order to make an account. Facebook will require your name and email to officially make an account.

If you are making a fake Facebook account, do not use your real name or email to keep your identity away from anyone finding out. It is very easy to make a fake email account to use for your fake Facebook account.

Go to any email site, such as Gmail.com or Aol.com, and simply just create an email account using a fake name that has no correlation at all to your own. You can also make it as basic and common as possible so your name is not questionable.

Then, use this fake email and fake name to create your Facebook account. This way, there is no connection to your real name and real email, making it harder for people to find out who you actually are.

2. Don’t Click Any Links Someone Sends in Messenger

If there are any direct messages sent to your fake Facebook account, you can view these messages, but do not click on any links that may be sent to your direct messages.

The links often hack that once you click on, will take you to a page that is incredibly difficult to navigate off.

Once you are on the website that the link takes you to, it can obtain information from your phone and whoever sent you the link can get their hands on this information then.

The best way to avoid these hacks is simply by not clicking on any of the links that may be sent to your fake Facebook account in Messenger. This will help you further protect yourself and keep your identity hidden.

3. Don’t Follow Your Personal Account or Follow Your Fake Account From Your Personal

When you create your fake account, do not make any connections to your real identity, no matter how minor these connections may seem.

One mistake people with fake accounts often make that end up playing a role in revealing their identity is by following themselves with their fake account or even using their fake account to follow themselves.

If people are trying to find out who is running the fake account, they will check out everyone that the fake account is following as well as their followers.

If your personal account is either being followed by or following this fake account, those who are investigating the fake account will try to figure out what the connection is to your personal account.

This can lead to them learning who you are. So, to keep your identity as safe as possible, do not follow your personal account and do not follow your fake account.

4. Don’t Use Your Network to Create the Account

Another way that a fake Facebook account can be linked back to you is if you use your network or home internet connection to make said fake account. Everything you do online leaves behind some sort of trace.

The network on which an Facebook account is made on is one of these traces. If you are in the process of making a fake Facebook account, go somewhere that has free public internet access.

Whether it be a coffee shop or maybe a local library, there are plenty of places that you can utilize to go to that have free public Wi-Fi for you to make your fake account on.

Once you get there, just make sure you get properly connected to the internet connection and then you can make your fake account.

This is yet another step you can take to keep your identity protected and be less involved with your fake Facebook account.

5. Use A Throwaway Phone to Make The Fake Account

One of the best ways to make sure that no one can figure out what phone is being used to create a fake Facebook account is to use a throwaway phone to make the account.

That way, if someone can figure out what phone made a fake account, there are no ties to you as the phone no longer exists. If you are going to do this and use a throwaway phone, make sure it is one that has access to the internet.

If you buy a throwaway phone that has no way to connect to the internet, you will not be able to make the account because the throwaway phone you bought has no way to access Facebook.

This means that you will have to spend a little more money on this throwaway phone, but it will be better for you in the long run as it will keep your identity more hidden than if you were to make the account with your own personal phone.

This is another way you can help keep yourself unassociated with your fake Facebook account.

6. Don’t Use the Account In Your Home Location

Everytime you go online, you leave a little digital footprint. If anyone decides to track this footprint to try and find out who is running a fake account, they may be able to learn it is you if you use your fake account from your home.

Only use your fake account in public places where anyone could be. Do not use it in a location that is specific to only you or a place you frequent often. The more public the place, the better.

By not using your fake Facebook account in your own home and other places that are niche to you, you will better protect your identity and keep yourself protected.

 

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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