According to statistics, there are over 2.2 billion users on Facebook, out of which fake accounts on its platform account for around 4%. That means, out of 2.2 billion active users, there are approximately 88 million fake profiles.
Somebody creating a fake account of yours is not a big deal for Facebook unless you represent a law enforcement agency or an expensive legal firm.
Most fake Facebook accounts are set-up by adolescents in relationships seeking to either destroy the reputation of their ex-partner by uploading private pictures or to stalk on other people while there is another group of people who use fake accounts for spamming, spreading promotional content, building fake page likes, etc.
Someone stole my daughter’s picture from her Facebook page & created a fake account. now that person is sending abusive messages from that account to everyone & trying to ruin her image as she is a very sincere girl. This profile is creating chaos in my neighborhood which was identified as her. Could you please hack this fake profile for me?
I often receive such requests from people who find themselves or their relatives in this situation. Identity theft on Facebook is prevalent, But somebody using your image to harass or play with other people you know, thereby defaming you is embarrassing and malicious.
While you can always report such imposter’s on Facebook using their report form, it takes hell lot of time for Facebook to review the account and disable it. Also, Facebook will never disclose to you any details about the fake profile, like when it was created and from which computer or network it was operated.
Facebook is bound to disclose Information regarding fake account only when there is police intervention and this is indeed a very long process.
Moreover, the police will not go through the hassle of contacting Facebook and behave like loyal dogs to track down the imposter unless the matter is grave.
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Can police track fake Facebook accounts?
If the matter is serious, police will contact Facebook with all the information about the fake account in question. Facebook will then investigate and will get back to police officials with geoinformation about the fake account, like the IP address & devices being used to access the account, basic profiling of the said culprit and his private messages.
Once they have the IP address of fake account user, they will then need to get a court order for the ISP to reveal the information and billing address of the person involved to find out who made a fake Facebook account over this network. Remember, if the phony profile user had used a proxy server to hide real-IP, it would be tough to trace a fake FB account holder.
Here in this post, I will show you how exactly you can get someones IP address from Facebook and teach you how to trace fake Facebook account to capture the culprit.
All I will be doing is, apply some social engineering skills and use default ‘Banner grabbing’ technique of a web server.
Banner Grabbing is an enumeration technique used to get information about a particular computer system on a network/internet (Info consists of OS, browser, IP address, etc.)
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How to trace a fake Facebook account?
The first step in tracing or tracking a fake account from Facebook, Involves finding the IP address of the the person operating the fake account in question.
Once we get the IP address and the associated device details used by the culprit, we can further enumerate the information and try to trace the location or match it with the people you are already friends with.
Steps in finding the IP address of a Facebook account:
Collect as much information about the fake account as you can and identify all of the people who are connected to it as friends. Make a list of connected people to this account who are your real life friends.
Select any of your close friend or relative on that list. The person which you have selected will be doing all the job for you. If there is nobody in his friend’s list that you know personally, then you can always create a new account or ask one of your friends just to befriend this fake user and make contact.
Ask your friend to start casual conversations with him/her and gain their trust
In this step, we are going to create a specially crafted tracking URL that will fetch us all the details of the fake profile user (banner grabbing).
Goto https://grabify.link and enter any URL(user will be redirected to this URL once he clicks tracking link) in the text field and click “Create URL” to generate tracking URL and Code.
TIP! You can find the list of other tracking tools here: List of IP tracking tools
In the next page, you will get all the tracking information as shown below.
- New URL: This is the tracking URL that you need to send to your target user.
- Tracking Code: Note down this code as you will need this code in the future to access your tracking data.
- Other Links: Here, you can create a short link for your “New URL.”
Click on “View other link shorteners” and then generate short URL using goo.gl service.
You will get something like this: https://goo.gl/mC5gFF. Copy the newly created short tracking URL.
Ask your friend to send this tracking URL to the fake user along with some exciting message via messenger. Sample message:
Hey, I found this lost girl with a dumb look on her face. Any idea where she belongs?: https://goo.gl/mC5gFF
As soon as the phony user clicks on the tracking link, his IP address gets recorded on Grabify’s server. To check for the recorded IP, Go to https://grabify.link and enter your “tracking code” to view your Link Information page. The logged IP addresses will be listed in the RESULTS section.
Steps for tracing fake Facebook account and guessing the culprit:
Now that you have found out the IP address of the fake account user, you can do a lot many things. For now, we will use an IP lookup service to lookup more information about the IP and try to guess the phony user.
Go to http://www.iptrackeronline.com and enter the ‘IP address’ of the fake user, click submit a query.
Alternatively, you can also use ip-adress.com/ip-address/lookup and paste the IP address in the box that says “lookup this IP or website” and hit enter.
On the new page, scroll down a bit, and you will get to see all the details like ISP, Area-code, Postal-code, etc. associated with his IP address along with an approximate location of the user in the MAP.
Relate these details with the suspect. If you are not able to suspect anyone then approach your attorney or lawyer, he will file the necessary documents for the ISP to disclose the subscriber details for the IP address.
If you are suspecting anyone but not sure if it’s him then repeat the steps 3 to 8 for this suspect. You can take help of the same friend and ask him to craft some different message accompanied by IP tracking link for this suspect.
As soon as your suspect clicks this link, you will have his IP address. Now match his IP address with the IP address of the Fake user. If there is a match, well, congrats!! You have successfully captured the culprit.
Worried about your Privacy?
If you are worried about people spying on your IP address then it’s worth telling you that knowing an IP address isn’t necessarily a security risk. For example, Web sites and other servers must have their IP address publicized in order to get visitors.
It’s like knowing the mailing address to a house: sure, it’s better if someone doesn’t know where your house is, but if they do, they would still need to bypass the home security to break in.
Eventually, an IP address is enough for a hacker to break into your network if your Firewall is weak enough. So better be careful and always use a VPN.
Also, read our Advanced Guide: Trace Facebook user location using USER-Agent and IP address.
Hope this tutorial answers your question: how to get someone’s IP address from Facebook and then trace fake facebook profile. If you have any questions regarding bogus profiles, Let us know via the Comments Section below.
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Earlier, I had posted about finding Facebook users IP Address through chat and email header, but none of these two methods works this day. The Facebook chat runs on XMPP protocol now which is not peer-2-peer, so it is not possible to determine the IP address of the user through Facebook Chat using Netstat command.
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