With so many people using Instagram these days it’s not always easy to know that you’re following real people and not fake accounts set up to make you think they are who they say they are! Fake Instagram accounts can be used in lots of ways, whether it’s to appear more famous than you actually are, or to try and sell you things! Learn some quick tips on how to find out the truth about any Instagram account – real or fake! Who’s Really behind that Fake Instagram Account?
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Type in the username of the account you want to look up, like @fake_account. If it is not a verified account, you can see which other accounts they are following and who they are following back. You can also type in hashtags like #likes4like or #follow4follow and see who is liking those posts and following them back.
To find out more information on an account, click on their profile picture to get their full profile.
Check Other Social Media Platforms
Since social media is so often linked to our personal lives, it’s important to check other social media platforms if you think someone might be trying to impersonate you. Check Facebook and LinkedIn, for example, to see if anyone has created accounts in your name. If they have, report the account and block them immediately.
Call Them On The Phone
If you want to find out who is behind a fake Instagram account, the best thing you can do is call them. When you call them and ask for their address, they’ll either give it to you or tell you they don’t live there. If they say they don’t live there, you know that person doesn’t actually exist.
You could also get a name of somebody in their phone contact list, then search on Facebook or Google to see if anybody has posted about them before.
You might also be able to find some evidence by visiting places on Google Maps where this person supposedly lives – if you find out nothing, then again it’s safe to say this person doesn’t actually exist.
Search their address
One easy way to find out who is really behind a fake Instagram account is by checking their address. If the person doesn’t provide a real address, then it’s very likely they are not who they claim to be. A tool called Birdseye can help you look up an address online and map its location on a map. It will also show you recent satellite images of what the house or building looks like right now. A phone number is helpful too: You can also search for their phone number and see if it connects to any accounts you already know about. Maybe this new one will send you down another rabbit hole of false identities or open up your mind about someone in your life.
Go to the location.
If you’re suspicious about an account and can’t find anything about the owner, the best thing to do is to visit their profile. Usually if they don’t have a profile pic up, there will be one in the comments. If they have been posting for a while and still don’t have a picture up, it might be wise to proceed with caution. The profile photo could be hidden or the person could have blocked themselves from appearing on their own account. If this is the case, you may want to just stay away from this user as they are likely not who they claim to be.
Follow them on Instagram (If you know their handle)
To find out who is really behind a fake Instagram account, you need to do some investigative work. Check the account owner’s profile and see if they have posted any other accounts. You can also check their followers list to see if any of the handles are shared with other profiles or accounts. A lot of times, scammers will use a picture from someone else’s account as their own, so it’s good to be aware of this when checking for duplicates.
Report to Facebook
If you are concerned about a fake account, we recommend reporting it to Facebook. Reporting the fake profile will help prevent them from creating more accounts in the future. After you report the fake account, it is up to Facebook to delete or take action against the account. In this case, if the person doesn’t have any other profiles on Facebook and they have not violated any other of their policies, then they may be able to keep their account open with limited functionality.