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How to find out who is behind a fake Facebook account

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Cybertrace Team

January 16, 2023 · 4 min read

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A Facebook profile you don’t recognise is sending you harassing messages about your alleged indiscretions, threatening to reveal more. An anonymous Facebook page posts defamatory information about your business, hurting your profitability. A fake Facebook account in a colleague’s name is spreading malicious lies about you to family and friends. With their devastating impact on reputations, careers, and livelihoods, all these scenarios present us with the crucial challenge of how to find out who is behind a fake Facebook account. While we explored cyberbullying, trolling, and social media harassment in a previous blog, it is worth focusing particularly on Facebook (as well as Instagram). Read on to learn how Facebook Investigators can assist you.

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Facebook’s Potential (Danger)

As the third-most visited website in the world, Facebook has become ubiquitous in our everyday lives. With almost 3 billion users, more than one in three people around the world now utilises the social media platform. Facebook allows us to communicate with faraway friends and family, buy and sell goods, and interact with customers. However, from QAnon to Cambridge Analytica, data mining to hate speech, election interference to the spread of misinformation, Facebook also has a deeply troubling side. One area where this is particularly apparent is the scourge of fake Facebook accounts.

Fake Facebook Accounts

Facebook estimates that more than one in ten of its accounts are either duplicates or fakes. Indeed, its VP for Integrity recently stated that the platform is discovering and deleting millions of fake accounts every year. In the heat of the last US presidential election, Facebook removed 1.3 billion accounts between October and December 2020 alone! To deal with fake accounts and misinformation, Facebook now employs over 35,000 people worldwide for that very purpose. Unfortunately, they often have bigger fish to fry than individual cases of cyberbullying, defamation, and harassment. Even if Facebook does act to shut down a Profile or Page, harassers often simply set up another one. A game of whack-a-mole ensues but the central task remains unsolved. You still don’t know how to find out who is behind a fake Facebook account!

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How to Find Out Who is Behind a Fake Facebook Account

So, you figured that a cyber bully is harassing or defaming you from the anonymity of a fake Facebook account? You might even have a hunch who it could be: a disgruntled former employer, a spiteful ex-lover, or a jealous competitor. But how do you find out for sure who is behind a fake account, and importantly, make them stop? If you report it to Facebook, they might shut down the account, but they won’t release information about who is behind it to you. The police can only assist in criminal matters and usually require an IP address or other evidence to act upon. Finally, your lawyer can only help if they know who to actually send a cease-and-desist letter to! Luckily, you have come to the right place: Cybertrace’s Facebook Investigators can help you find out who is behind a fake Facebook account.

What does Cybertrace have that others don’t?

Cybertrace uses a combination of technical investigative techniques in order to find out who is behind a fake Facebook account. Our team of experts Facebook Investigators are constantly updating and developing new tools to expose cyber bullies and online harassers. By always staying ahead of the latest technological developments, we are constantly improving our ability to pinpoint vital identifying information. This includes comparing published content and writing styles used by the fake profile to any individuals identified as potential suspects. Cybertrace has also developed its own highly specialised tools with the capability to deploy through Facebook to extract user information, such as an IP address, mobile device type, and other data which can be used to identify the offender. These constantly updated tools are not used by any other investigators and remain one of Cybertrace’s leading tools to find out who is behind a fake Facebook profile.

Over the past few years, we have established ourselves as international experts in successfully revealing harassers’ personal information and IP addresses. Our clients have taken our reports to their lawyers, the police, and the courts to get justice. As professional Facebook Investigators, we stay up to date with all relevant changes in policy, legislation, and technology to help you get the best outcomes possible. Contact us today to stop cyberbullies and reclaim your reputation, sanity, and peace of mind.

 

Editor’s Note: this article was originally published in July 2021 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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117 comments

  • Naman Ruhela 2 years ago

    Hy sir ,
    My self naman ruhela some fake accounts are sharing my families members mobile number i don’t know who is bheind it .These profiles sharing false info. about my sister my other family memebers .fake account name is Lavda singh and other one is Aai Singh Khichi Rajput in two people are there in profile picture .please can you track ip adresses and location for me . so that i can identify him .my sister gets depressed of it and feel shy to go out from the home

    • Hi Naman. Thanks for your contact. One of our staff will be in contact with you to discuss further.

      • Angel 6 months ago

        I need to investigate a scam and see it the profile used is who I believe it really is.

    • Mae 10 months ago

      can you trace someone behind multiple fake accounts, sending message, blackmailing and then blocking us?

    • STANLEY 5 months ago

      Im facing a problem with my wife’s fb account being hacked and they editing her pictures and sharing them on the fake Facebook account. I tried my best to hack it but they hid the mobile number and gmail adress

  • Maryam 2 years ago

    I need helping finding this fake account on Facebook and texting on messenger , this person is harassing me and my family. We need to know who this person is please

  • Mary 2 years ago

    Can you help pls some one has opened a Facebook profile using my boyfriend name and has been uploading nasty things about me and sending threatening messages to my boyfriend I think we know this person as he has mentioned a mutual friend

    • info 2 years ago

      Hi Mary, thanks for your comment. We will reach out to you via email.

  • Robert Briggs 2 years ago

    I’m trying to find out who is posting detailed information about my family. The user name is Aurelia Quinn.

    • info 2 years ago

      Hi Robert, thanks for your comment. We will reach out to you via email.

      • Rhea Malunes 1 year ago

        Some is trying to destroy my reputation in Facebook by making my fake account. How can I find the person behind the account?

  • Pete anderson 2 years ago

    Hello, I need help identifying who had set up a fake Facebook account claiming I had been cheating on my wife. The fake account has slit my family, I think I know who was behind it but I need evidence. Can you assist

    • info 2 years ago

      Hi Pete, Thank you for your comment. We will reach out via email.

      • Samad 1 month ago

        I need you help for sure who behind the fake account

        • Cybertrace Team 1 month ago

          Hi Samad,

          Our team has reached out via email.

  • Hayden Shores 2 years ago

    Hello, my girlfriend is being harassed by a fake account. Could you help me find out who it is?

    • info 2 years ago

      Hi Hayden, thank you for your comment. We will reach out via email.

  • Aileen odiada 2 years ago

    Gusto ko lng po malaman Kung saan Ang complete address ng gumagamit ng account na Freeda Dom KC nag post xa ng Mukha na lahat ng caption is hndi totoo

    • info 2 years ago

      Hi Aileen, thank you for your comment. If you’re interested in our team assessing your case, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you.

  • Michael Love 1 year ago

    My new girlfriend is getting harassed on her work page she is a manager of a hotel and the hotel page is public I think I know who it is but can’t be sure how can this be stopped

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Michael, thank you for your comment. We will reach out via email.

      • Dee Ann 1 year ago

        Hello, I need help identifying who had set up a fake Facebook account claiming invalid info about me. Can you please help me?

        • info 1 year ago

          Hi Dee, Please contact our team via [email protected] to discuss further info about your situation.

  • Tom 1 year ago

    What’s the price for this service?

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Tom, as every situation is different our investigations are independently quoted. Please contact the team via [email protected] and we can discuss your case further.

  • May 1 year ago

    Hello, My mom is being harassed by her boyfriends stalker via fake facebook accounts. We’ve gotten the police involved but they can’t prove that it’s her. We have a no contact order so if we were able to prove that she is behind these fake accounts we would be able to take legal action against her

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  • tianna 1 year ago

    Someone is harassing and bullying me from a fake Facebook account and its ruining my life i am scared everyday

  • Hassan Mian 1 year ago

    Thanks

  • Abhijit 1 year ago

    Hii please help me…. Anyone has opened fb account with my friend ‘s pic and sending friend request to my friend’s friends and asking different amount of money to the different people… This account is disturbing those frnds in fb…. So how can i know about that account I mean please tell me how can I know who has opened this and that user’s location… My friend feels very sad about this as he is in a job so please🙏🙏 help me

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Abijit, thank you for your comment. Please contact our team via [email protected] to discuss your situation further.

  • Soumya Pramanick 1 year ago

    Some one I trying to make bad comment about my NGO in facebook. Need the real face behind the face account.

  • Ashley 1 year ago

    Someone has made a fake page and said bad and nasty things about me and my kids and my husband I want to find out who it is because that is not right

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Ashley, our team has reached out via email.

  • Stuart Anthea 1 year ago

    Hi do youll assist people from other Nations .??

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Stuart, thank you for your comment. Our services are available to victims globally. If you wish to discuss your case further, please fill in a contact form and our team will get back to you asap!

  • ofentse 1 year ago

    hi someone created a fake account on facebook using my name he / she is busy harrasing meew

    • Dan Halpin 1 year ago

      I’m sorry to hear of this. If you would like to speak with an investigator about how we can assist you, please submit a contact form on our website.

  • Ritaone 1 year ago

    I need help can you find for me who’s behind fake Facebook account is busy harrasing me
    His name is Polo Madyasana Ewe

    • Dan Halpin 1 year ago

      I’m sorry to hear of this. If you would like to speak with an investigator about how we can assist you, please submit a contact form on our website.

  • lapz 1 year ago

    Need help checking the person, behind a fake facebook account that is recently deactivated.
    is it possible to know who and where was it created?

    • info 1 year ago

      If you would like to speak with an investigator about how we can assist you, please submit a contact form on our website.

  • Keke 1 year ago

    Hello.. i have like a really weird way to explain the situation but its kinda messing with me.. my boyfriends mother talks to me multiple time that she gets cheated on by his dad often enough even i would find fake accounts going around and i was laughing with her saying those were old man being around for money and always had to say leave it be… but lately she talked to me about and odd account that started going around and im kinda getting it stuck in my head because the account actually have a start saying that she/he whoever this is lives actually close enough and i really wonder if those people would actually be people we know… i want justice for her because this has been going on and it gets me depressed to constantly be fighting about those even tho its not supose to be my business really.. but i really wish i could finally be able to sleep with a peace mind.. help please?..

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Keke, thank you for your comment. Please submit a contact form via our website and our team will be in touch asap.

  • Christine Garris 1 year ago

    Somebody made a fake Facebook profile named Nailed You and been sending me harassing messages and has been somewhat threatening. I’ve done the adult thing and asked straight out who they were. Of course they refuse to tell me who they are. I would like to find out who this is so I can proceed with pressing charges. Is there a way to figure this out. It now says the Nailed You is unavailable on messenger.

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Christine, thank you for your comment. Please submit a contact form via our website and our team will contact you, to discuss your case further.

  • Cherelle 10 months ago

    Can you found out who’s behind a fake Facebook profile but the account is now deactivated thanks

    • Cybertrace Team 10 months ago

      Hi Cherelle, unfortunately our team do require there to be an active account.

    • Cybertrace Team 10 months ago

      Hi Cherelle, unfortunately our team does require there to be an active account.

  • Jessica Procel 10 months ago

    Hello I have someone on Facebook making different accounts and posting disturbing comments of me and my family and posting pictures of my child without my person. I need to find out who this person is please it’s been going on for three years and it is mentally effecting me

    • Cybertrace Team 10 months ago

      Hi Jessica, our team has contacted you via email.

  • molly 10 months ago

    Need to please know who is behind this account.

    • Cybertrace Team 10 months ago

      Hi Molly, our team has contacted you via email.

  • Devin 8 months ago

    Hi there. I was recently contacted by someone I thought I went to highschool with, but the profile pic was a tad different and the last name, too.
    Backstory: my fiance and I had just broken up and she is known to do this kind of thing, but she’s so much more intelligent than the person who was behind this fake profile.

    It turned out to be different, and it was stalking, harassment, and manipulation at it’s finest. Can you please help me identify the maker of it so I can at least get the truth out of them! That’s all I want! Please!

    • Cybertrace Team 8 months ago

      Hi Devin, our team has reached out via email.

  • Jason Keenan 8 months ago

    I have a Facebook profile that closely matches a women that I may have a child with, and have been looking for due to her lifestyle as well as substance abuse issues. The Facebook is under an assumed name however the friends list is unlocked, and I think that may be key in helping the right investigator find out who she really is. I need her whole (real name), and her address if it is locatable. How much would it cost for you to look into this for me? I will admit the profile itself is bland with little or no details however maybe people on her friends list could be helpful in order to get her name.

    • Cybertrace Team 8 months ago

      Hi Jason, our team has reached out via email.

  • Denetta 8 months ago

    Hi I’m being cyber bullied on Facebook by a fake page. Need help with knowing who’s behind it.

    • Cybertrace Team 8 months ago

      Hi Denetta, our team has reached out via email.

  • Amar 8 months ago

    Hello! I want to track facebook account who has been ruined my life! Can you help us

    • Cybertrace Team 8 months ago

      Hi Amar,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Zara 7 months ago

    Please let me know how to contact with you guys some one create fake Facebook account of my sister name and share her number . They received my unknown calls please reply me how to complain about bullying and harassment

    • Cybertrace Team 7 months ago

      Hi Zara,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Karen 7 months ago

    Hi, someone has set up a fake facebook account and has then sent my sons girlfriend malicious messages about my son’s sexuality which is causing distress for everyone. They admitted they set the account up under a false name to tell her. Can you help identify this person?

    • Cybertrace Team 7 months ago

      Hi Karen,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Nela 7 months ago

    Hi, there’s a fake fb profile sending me abusive messages, I have to know who’s behind it. Can you help?

    • Cybertrace Team 7 months ago

      Hi Nela,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Dan de sesto 7 months ago

    Hello, I need your help finding the guy who’s selling my bike on facebook

    • Cybertrace Team 7 months ago

      Hi Dan,

      our team has reached out via email.

  • Jose 7 months ago

    Can you help me find who is behind this fake Facebook account

    • Cybertrace Team 7 months ago

      Hi Jose,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Erica 6 months ago

    The link I sent you I need to know who’s behind this account.

    • Cybertrace Team 6 months ago

      Hi Erica,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Zamambatha 6 months ago

    Hi
    My name is zama, there is someone who created an account on Facebook using my sister’s name Qinisile Shandu please help this person is destroying everything about my family, I want to know who is behind this.

    • Cybertrace Team 6 months ago

      Hi Zama,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • James R 6 months ago

    Hi
    Partners receiving constant fake profile messages on FB, police and FB do minimal and we are sick of it, how can we trace who this is and deal with them?

    • Cybertrace Team 6 months ago

      Hi James,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Tim Worrall 5 months ago

    Hi there, i’m hoping you might be able to trace an ip address for someone who is making fake FB accounts (one of them is in my name). This person is commenting / using laughing emojis on my partners FB posts and then deleting or shutting down these accounts. I believe that this person is an ex gf of mine who currently has a restraining order in place where she is not allowed to make any form of contact with me or any person who I am in a domestic relationship with. I would like to be able to prove that it is her to pass the information on to NSW Police

  • John 5 months ago

    Hello
    Someone behind a Facebook account is sharing my personal informations and blackmailing me. I want to know who is behind to make him/her stop

    • Cybertrace Team 5 months ago

      Hi John,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Noel 5 months ago

    Hello Sir or Madam

    Please help me trace a Facebook fake account by the name (Nyaka Nyaka) he or she is harassing me everyday. They put a profile picture of Lettuce in a small basin

  • Lavinia 5 months ago

    Hi there,
    I am seeking help with a fake facebook account. Could you assist me by identifying the IP address of this fake facebook account and hope get an ID on whose behind this fake account. The fake account is Jkindly Lu and i know it is registered under a Solomon Islands Telecom Number.

  • STANLEY 5 months ago

    Im facing a problem with my wife’s fb account being hacked and they editing her pictures and sharing them on the fake Facebook account. I tried my best to hack it but they hid the mobile number and gmail adress

  • Jermale Watkins 4 months ago

    I need help I have someone stalking me using Facebook and I need to find out who this person is

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Jermale,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Benjamin 4 months ago

    I need to know this Facebook account “Burukim Tasol “

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Benjamin,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Thabo 4 months ago

    Can you track this fake account Thembi zwane this is the link Facebook.com/profile.php?id=100093951126447

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Thabo,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Mariam 4 months ago

    Please help me to block the person using my account to con my friends he opened another account using my name now Facebook team can’t help me since the account being used is mine

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Mariam,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Siphethuxolo 4 months ago

    There is a fake Facebook account swearing people now some believe that it belongs to me now I want to know if the real user of that fake Facebook account can be found

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Siphethuxolo,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Abid 4 months ago

    someone make a fake profile and upload pictures of my friend please help to find the person who is behind this

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Abid,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Ira 4 months ago

    I need help finding this fake account who’s harassing me.

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Ira,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Sarah 2 months ago

    My partner has a fake Facebook and lies about it and he using someone else name

  • Anonymous 2 months ago

    Someone is harassing me via Facebook messenger. I need to know who this is to go to the police.

  • Marilou Ebayan 1 month ago

    hello po, good day! Magpapatulong lang po sana ma trace ang isang facebook dummy account na patuloy ang pagpopost ng paninira at naka namedrop po name ko..Sana matulungan niyo po ako

  • Kabelo 1 month ago

    I have someone who created fake FB account with my daughters pics, can you be able to find out who is behind it or trace them.

    • Cybertrace Team 1 month ago

      Hi Kabelo,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Lisa Edgin 1 month ago

    It’s not my website but a friend’s. He is a famous musician and ppl have fake fb pages on all social media websites. I got scammed and harassed by an imposter. The band Shinedown Brent Smith is his name. There are 100s of them out there it really tarnish his reputation and he’s a great person would like to knowaybs how I can figure out some of these imposter and stop them. Thank you for your time

  • Ashli 1 month ago

    Hello,
    My name is Ashli. I was in an abusive marriage for nearly 20 yrs. To describe what was happening in my family with my children. 2 therapist stated on record my children had been groomed.
    My ex went so far as to have one of them file a restraining order against me that was denied by the judge. He even threatened to throw my ex husband and child in jail for the crime of false reports and wasting the courts time.
    7 yrs later a man with a anonymous account. Fake picture and name, is posting the order all over the Facebook page of gov. Kevin stitt. And now coming to my page and posting the garbage. I’d like to expose who he is because I’ve found him doing this to many ppl who disagree with our hateful governor.
    Please can you help? I shouldn’t have to be continually victimized by this.
    I’ve been emotionally damaged enough by all of it. I just want to heal and be me again. Please, please help me stop this trash.

    • Cybertrace Team 1 month ago

      Hi Ashli,

      Our team has reached out via email.

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