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How To Find Out Who Is Behind A Fake Instagram Account

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Cybertrace Team

February 3, 2022 · 4 min read

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Instagram Harassment?

An anonymous Instagram profile you don’t recognise is harassing you and your family, even revealing personal information such as mobile numbers. An anonymous Instagram account falsely claims that you have been cheating on your wife. A fake Instagram account in your boyfriend’s name is uploading nasty things about you and sending threatening messages. With their distressing impact on reputations and relationships, all these scenarios present us with the crucial challenge of how to find out who is behind a fake or anonymous Instagram account. While we explored social media harassment in general and on Facebook in previous blogs, it is worth focusing particularly on Instagram.

The nicest place on the Internet. Or is it?

For a long time, Instagram had the reputation of being ‘the nicest place on the internet’. Millions of users certainly agree, using it as a platform to share photos and thoughts, promote products and express themselves. While there is lots of thoughtfully curated, feel-good content, negative trends have also taken hold. For one, research demonstrates that frequent Instagram use in teens can lead to bad mental health outcomes. With our feeds constantly bombarding us with images of the perfect, it is hard not to feel boring, inadequate, or deficient. Furthermore, Instagram harassment and bullying is rife across the platform. This is closely related to another area of particular concern: the proliferation of fake or anonymous Instagram accounts.

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Fake Instagram accounts – How to tell if an Instagram account is fake

Instagram estimates that more than one in ten of its accounts, or 95 million, are actually fakes or bots. As a consequence, the company is uncovering and removing millions of fake accounts annually. Over recent years, Instagram has had to hire significant numbers of staff to trawl the service for that very purpose. However, they are often after big offenders or bots and rarely catch individual fake accounts motivated by jealousy or revenge. Furthermore, even if Instagram does act to close down or disable a profile, harassers will often simply set up another fake account. A game of whack-a-mole ensues but the key task remains unfinished. You still don’t know how to find out who is behind a fake Instagram account.

How to find out who is behind an Instagram account?

So, you figured that a cyberbully is harassing or defaming you from the comfort of a fake or anonymous Instagram account? You might even have a hunch who it could be: a resentful former friend, 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 Instagram, they might shut down the account, but they won’t release information about who is behind it to you. Plus, the perpetrator can just open a new account. The police can only assist with Instagram harassment from a criminal investigation perspective, but they 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 can help you find out who is behind a fake or anonymous Instagram account.

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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 Instagram account. 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 Instagram to extract user information, such as an IP address. These tools are not used by any other investigators and remain one of Cybertrace’s leading tools to find out who is behind a fake Instagram profile.

Over the past few years, we have been able to successfully reveal numerous harassers’ personal information and IP addresses. Our clients have taken this information to their lawyers, the police, and the courts to get justice. Find out who is behind the fake Instagram account that is stirring up trouble. Contact us today to stop cyber bullies and reclaim your reputation, sanity, and peace of mind.

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100 comments

  • Kelly Smith 1 year ago

    I am a television personality. I have a jealous co worker, that has made up an account that has slandered me, can we trace and reveal him?

    • info 1 year ago

      Hi Kelly, thank you for your comment. Please reach out to our team via [email protected] to discuss your case further.

      • Unknown 6 months ago

        A fake account has been made by someone that person is defaming my image and there is so many chaos that person wrote so many bad things in bio and trying to put my image down I want to know who is behind that account I want all details I paste profile url

        • Cybertrace Team 6 months ago

          Hi Maya,

          Our team has reached out via email.

          • DristiJain 2 months ago

            Hi, so someone has made a fake Instagram profile by name and profile picture and i need to know who it is

          • Cybertrace Team 2 months ago

            Hi DristiJain,

            Our team has reached out via email.

      • Suhasini 2 months ago

        A fake account has been made by someone keeping my image in there profile and putting badly bio in his account, and sending bad words to me, I want to know the person who is that and his details

        • Cybertrace Team 2 months ago

          Hi Suhasini,

          Our team has reached out via email.

    • info 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.

  • Chandler Cink 1 year ago

    I have a fake account harassing me and defaming my character which is hurting me professional and personally. They are sending stuff to people I follow, following all my friends and posting things to their story

    • Cybertrace Team 1 year ago

      HI Chandler, we are sorry to hear.

      Please submit a contact form via our website and our team will reach out.

    • Jayden B 8 months ago

      I’m on instagram and i’ve been getting harassed by an account that idk who is behind it. It’s caused so much drama in my family and i want to know who’s behind it.

      • Cybertrace Team 8 months ago

        Hi Jayden,

        Our team has reached out via email.

    • Caty B 3 months ago

      Hello. Two instagram accounts are sending messages to friends of mine.

  • gabby 11 months ago

    Hello,

    I have been receiving hateful comments, DMs, and harrassment on my instagram page from multiple accounts but it seems to be the same person. I’ve blocked them, restricted, but because I am under a digital creator account, I would like to keep my account public. Do you have any suggestions on how to track this person?

    • Cybertrace Team 11 months ago

      Hi Gabby, thank you for our comment. Our team has reached out via email.

  • Jordan 11 months ago

    Hi, a fake account has been harassing my best friend and I. We would like to find out who it is, i am a digital creator thus i would like to keep my account public, however we have blocked and reported the account. Do you have any advice on how to find out who is behind the account?

    • Cybertrace Team 11 months ago

      Hi Jordan, our team has reached out via email.

      • Maria 2 months ago

        Hii, there is an unknow person that send me a direct message and I want to know from which phone this account is opened

        • Cybertrace Team 2 months ago

          Hi Maria,

          Our team has reached out via email.

  • Liza 11 months ago

    I need help to find a person who sent me daughter harassing message son instagram and then disappeared.

    • Cybertrace Team 11 months ago

      Hi Liza, our team has reached out via email.

  • Harsharan Singh 10 months ago

    I have a fake account harassing me and defaming my character which is hurting me professional and personally. They are sending stuff to people I follow, following all my friends and posting things to their story

  • Keith 9 months ago

    I am trying to track down the sender of harassing messages to my daughter. The account has been disabled, but the message and bullying from certain individual has continued. I want to confirm if this person sent the message and ensure corrective action is taken through the appropriate channels. Police are not willing to it is very low priority for them.

    • Cybertrace Team 9 months ago

      Hi Keith,

      I’m sorry to hear this, our team will reach out to you as soon as possible.

  • Sherline Lucien 9 months ago

    Hi I have a fake account that been harassing and bullying me i blocked it and that person create an other fake account to slander me .can we trace and reveal that person please I’m begging because that becomes out of control

    • Cybertrace Team 9 months ago

      Hi Sherline,

      I’m sorry to hear of your situation, our team has reached out via email.

  • Shivamani 9 months ago

    Instagram fake account avaridho telusu kovadam ala

    • Cybertrace Team 9 months ago

      Hi Shivamani,

      Thank you for your comment.

  • Azlyn Balqis 8 months ago

    I’m being harrased by numerous fake accounts and I’m certain it’s the same person.

    • Cybertrace Team 8 months ago

      Hi Azlyn,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • shauna 7 months ago

    Hi,

    getting abuse and harassed from multiple instagram accounts. texting me insullting me, telling me to committ sucide, insulting my family and bosses.

    • Cybertrace Team 7 months ago

      Hi Shauna,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • omkar 7 months ago

    someone on Instagram has created a fake account in my name and has posted my pictures it is affecting my privacy. help me out

    • Cybertrace Team 7 months ago

      Hi Omkar,

      Our team has reached out via email.

      • Maya 6 months ago

        Someone has made a fake account to insult me and also messaging me in bad language I don’t like this kind of behaviour that person is trying to make me feel embarassed in front of everyone please help me out

      • Gokul 3 months ago

        Someone has opened a fake instagram id. With my pic and name. Can u help me

  • Oskar Sjölin 6 months ago

    So someone have created a fake instagram account using my full name and a picture of me from another app. I want to find who is behind this account because the account have posted stories and told my friends that are following that my real account have been hacked (which it has not been) and that thats a new account but it is just a fake account of me! plz help me. Thanks!!!

    • cybertrace 6 months ago

      Hi Oskar, our team will be in contact via email.

  • Garima 6 months ago

    Please reply who’s the person behind this ID

  • Isobel Ward 6 months ago

    Started in September from a insta request message threatening abusive stuff to me and to my sister who they named. I blocked & reported to which they moved onto messenger where every week I received further abusive messages to me mentioning the area I was living in at the time and then mentioned the road name I lived on threatening to turn up and hurt me. I blocked and reported again and today they messaged me from a new insta account being abusive. I have screenshots of all the Instagram usernames/profiles he’s been using with all the messages. I reported to the police but they can’t do anything.

    • Cybertrace Team 6 months ago

      Hi Isobel,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Dhanashree 6 months ago

    Hi ,
    I need ur help someone is making different account on Instagram and harrassing me sending different messages and sending message to my friend as well.

    • Cybertrace Team 6 months ago

      Hi Dhanashree,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Dhanashree 6 months ago

    Hi , please reply me on the mails

  • Marnie 6 months ago

    hello, there is an Instagram account commenting on the death of a 15 year old girl, she rejected flowers from a man, and he stabbed her to death for it, this fake user account is telling everyone she deserved it and it’s honestly breaking my heart that people get away with such vile behaviour, I really need your help exposing this sick little freak tormenting a dead child and blaming her for being murdered for telling man “no”. Please help.

    • Cybertrace Team 6 months ago

      Hi Marnie,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Danish Sahotra 5 months ago

    Someone is using my name and post the false news on Instagram. Can you please guide me further? I wanna know his/her name

    • Cybertrace Team 5 months ago

      Hi Danish,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Shatakshi 5 months ago

    I need to find the people behind an instagram account

    • Cybertrace Team 5 months ago

      Hi Shatakshi,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • selva 5 months ago

    can you help to find a fake instagram account location at malaysia?

    • Cybertrace Team 5 months ago

      Hi Selva,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Mridul 4 months ago

    Somebody is creating fake insta accounts and harrasing me

  • Arpita Sharma 4 months ago

    there is a fake account that pretends to be my ex-boyfriend but then starts harassing me by abusing me and my family. I tried to fool him by acting like I was under his influence. this person has followed almost all of my close friends and has also shared his nudes with me when I started acting up.
    he called me and abused me as well. I personally tried to track this account but I was not able to find out who it was.

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Arpita,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Garrett 4 months ago

    Good morning, I started a business and I have a fake user on instagram commenting on all my pictures and making messaging me nasty stuff I’m wondering if I can find who it is

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Garrett,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Brook 4 months ago

    I have someone that says I used to know them contacting me through instagram. I think I know who it is, and I would like to know so hopefully I can make a report to police about supposed persons

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Thanks for the comment Brook, we will get in touch with you via email.

  • Jason 4 months ago

    Need help discovering who is behind a fraudulent instagram account

    • Cybertrace Team 4 months ago

      Hi Jason,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Architha 3 months ago

    One account used my ip address and mobile number for fake Instagram account. Help me to resolve this

  • https://www.instagram.com/vaidmanali778 3 months ago

    This guy is texting me from different different fake account and using my known name to harass me .

  • Abhishek 3 months ago

    Can we find out the name of the user information like Name. As the instagram user id is deactivated or deleted.

  • Robert 2 months ago

    Me and some relatives are being harassed by an account and it is a cyberbullying group.

    • Cybertrace Team 2 months ago

      Hi Robert,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Muran 2 months ago

    This acc has sent me messages as it seems to be my ex but I’m not sure he is

    • cybertrace 2 months ago

      Hi Muran, if you need assistance with your case, please reach out to our team via our contact form and an investigator will reach out to you.

  • Sam 2 months ago

    Instagram account was hacked but it won’t show me the full email adress when I go to sign in. I want to know who did this

    • Cybertrace Team 2 months ago

      Dear Sam,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Marina 2 months ago

    Help me with imposter account

  • Kashish 2 months ago

    Someone hacked my instagram id and change my email id and use it as a scam

    • Cybertrace Team 2 months ago

      Hi Kashish,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Tony 2 months ago

    Hello,
    Someone created a fake instagram and over 4 years has attempted to destroy my marriage. This person spreads false information about me via other people’s accounts. Please contact me so I can explain this more.
    Thank you.

  • Diamond 2 months ago

    I have a page that has been watching and stalking me for months now . I really need to find out who this is .

  • Alexa 2 months ago

    I have someone who’s been harassing me saying my boyfriend is cheating on me

  • John 1 month ago

    There is this person who is harrasing my sister with several fake accounts on instagram. Are you able to find out who that person is?

  • Florence 1 month ago

    i have had this once strange instagram account that has just been stalking my account and viewing my posts and it has no posts no followings and the username is just user with numbers at the end of it

    • Cybertrace Team 1 month ago

      Hi Florence,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • basser 1 month ago

    someone made an account on my name and now abusing my relatives

  • Stéphanie 4 weeks ago

    someone has been harassing me and cyber bullying me for almost 3 years.
    When I was with my ex 2021, there was one girl saw the post he posted on his Instagram and start to harass me by creating tons of fake sexual ins account with my pics she stole from my Instagram. This person I have never met in life, what my ex told me was someone he met in Paris before, then after we broke up I found out he actually had sexual relationship with that girl several years ago and dumped her, which made her get crazy and start to harass everyone he dates.
    Even I broke up with that guy, but seems that HKnese girl doesn’t let me live in peace, she still creates fake sexual accounts on instagram by using my name. To be honest, I don’t know if it’s really she who is now still doing this or it’s my ex bf who is doing this.
    The most important thing is, this is making me feel bad, coz I am married I have my family, I saw that she/he also use my husband name and my sister in law ´s name to create fake account. Also create a new fake sexual insta account by using my name. And I was about to create my brand with my name, this is deeply influencing my life and my business. I need help to find out this person and delete all the fake accounts she/he created.

    • Cybertrace Team 4 weeks ago

      Hi Stéphanie,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Jacqueline 2 weeks ago

    Fake profile cyber bullying from account _Nadiyyah_ please help check who this account belongs to

    • Cybertrace Team 2 weeks ago

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Mikael 1 week ago

    i need to find out who is behind on fake instagram account beacause hi is making crimes and i need to make a notification

    • Cybertrace Team 6 days ago

      Hi Mikael,

      Our team has reached out via email.

  • Shah 2 hours ago

    Hi, someone had been harassing me. However, the instagram account has disappeared and no harrasment have happened. Can the person still be traced?

    • Cybertrace Team 2 hours ago

      Hi Shah,

      Our team has reached out via email.

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