Facebook Messages IP address


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Can Facebook determine the IP address of a message sent from another Facebook user who is not my friend?

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Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
How did they get my IP address on Facebook?
My friend said that some fake facebook sent nasty messages to his wife. He said his cousin is a "hacker" and said that the fake facebook and my facebook have the same IP address. So because of that my friend is saying immm the one who made that fake facebook when IT WAS NOTTT ME. How can someone get my IP address to make this fake facebook? Is that even possible??
Leonard Skinard (not verified)
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He is lying. Tell him that your good friend Leonard is also a hacker and says he is FOS .. Tell him to let you know what method he used and you will run it by me here to see if it's true. I bet he will back down, because somebody is lying.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I have read a lot of the questions of people wanting to find the ip address and the answers expressing the difficulty in doing so. I, however, have a different question relating to this topic

I know a cop who has been cheating on his wife. I want to message her and tell her about his infidelity. Now, I know that the only practical way to get the ip address of someone is being in law enforcement and through a court order. I know that a cop has to have a good reason to get a court order. But if he has a friend who is a judge or knows someone working in the police department that is really good with computers could he get my ip address? How much easier is it for a cop to get an ip address than a regular citizen, if there was nothing illegal happening? Thanks.

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The IP address is nearly worthless alone..
He would have to get the IP address, then figure out what company owns the IP address, then get the customer information from the company.

Most companies require either a court order or a "law enforcement request", so for a dirty cop with some dirty friends, this could be pretty easy.

However, it's not difficult (IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING) to go somewhere like a public library, sign-in to a free web-proxy, create a fake/throwaway email account, and send a message to someone, making it very difficult if not impossible to track down your identity. The key words are "if you understand what you are doing" .. these things are not difficult, but neither is swallowing swords.. if you dont know/understand what you are doing things can get ugly.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Thank you. That's what I originally was thinking about doing, going to a library, but I guess I'm getting impatient.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Can someone trace a FaceBook message on a mobile device if it's from a wifi?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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i think my boyfriend is texting on his phone to another women
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I have been using my iphone on Facebook to talk to a person on chat. She says she get get my IP address to find out who I am, because it is a mobile device rather than a computer is this true?
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It is possible if they find some way to activate and pull information from Location Services, which is nearly impossible. You can make it impossible by turning off Facebook in Privacy - Location Services.

I think they're just lying to you to scare you, nothing to worry about.


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as far as i know, it's not possible to get the IP address because you are on a mobile device.. But, let's pretend that she could get your IP address.. Knowing your IP address does not allow anyone to find out who you are without a court order to the internet service provider.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Thank you got your advice it frightening when you know little about these type of things
Anonymous VisitorC (not verified)
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Someone has made an anonymous page on Face book, and sent several members in our church a friend request. After a couple of people accepted their request, the anonymous person wrote several slanderous messages about the church organization. Is there any way I can find out who sent the messages?
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Unless you can afford a handful of court orders, then no.

But you can report the messages to Facebook by using the report link and they'll most likely deactivate the account and ban the email account used to sign up for it. If it's bad enough Facebook may provide the IP and email information to police for further investigation without a court order.

A. Hole (not verified)
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Contact your attorney or local judge and get a court order or subpena and serve it to Facebook. Facebook will give you the IP address. Then have your attorney or local judge get another court order to serve the company that owns the IP address for the customer records. ..so basically.. no..
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Helo,

I have received messages from a person on facebook. The person was initially using his true identity for FaceBook. However due to some reasons i had to block him. However i have been obtaining various new friend request from different fake, newly created FaceBook profile. I want to know whether the these messages are coming from the same computer.

Thks
Aaraav

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Hi can anyone tell me what this means or how I can find out who it is please 138608725.938976 FaceBook user ????? Thanks
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Hi. Someone accesed my facebook account and sent messages to friends from mobile... How can i find mobile number location where my Facebook was operated. How can i know the location, lattitude longitude... How can i figure it out and trace the person ....
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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How can i know the location, lattitude longitude. How can i figure it out and trace the person.
You can't.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Hey, same problem is going through me ... I was chating with my friend in FaceBook and something happens like pup from another device s/he dont know start to type using my account and password. s/he was starting to talk harrass with my friend. Later on i changed the password but i feel guilty because my friend thought i had send them the message.

How can i find my own ip address location where my Facebook was operated. How can i know the ip address, location, lattitude longitude... i have checked in FaceBook but it was from unknown device.... What this means unknow device . How can i figure it out and trace the hacker ....

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Re: Facebook Messages IP address

Short answer: You can't

Longer answer: Facebook used to show the IP address of all logins in your Security Settings page but not anymore (not in my account at least). If you don't see the IP listed in your Facebook Security Settings page then in order to get the IP address you must contact Facebook, and will usually require a court order. But if you have the IP address you will never know the exact location location of the person using that IP address without a court order from the ISP that owns that IP address.
Now Facebook shows only the general location of where the IP is located.
You can find your own ip address by going to a website like www.whatisMyIP.com

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Facebook Messages IP address

Someone sent me a message with a link through Facebook from a fake page that has no info on it. The person seemed to know who I was and I foolishly clicked on the link. After doing so an seeing the what seemed to be random picture I investigated a bit and what I found was a page called fuglekos. Now this page claims that as soon as the person opens this picture up you get a notification on your email with the IP address of the person who opened the link. Like I said before I opened it. Stupid, I know.

I think I know who the person is. It's the only person who would want to know where I'm at and also has threatened me plenty of times before. But I can't prove that being as it came from a fake page. I wanted to see if there was a way to get the IP address from the message they sent through Facebook just to make sure it's that person but reading these comments as made it pretty clear it's not possible.

So, I ask, isn't it illegal for this person to obtain my IP address this way? I mean it's obvious they went through the trouble of setting up an account with a site like that and it is to track someone down. And another question I had is, I read a lot in the comments that Facebook doesn't show direct IP addresses of the users do to privacy concerns, is this true and would It be different because although they sent the message through Facebook I clicked a link? Is it possible that they did get my IP address? I'm afraid that this person will try to find me due to the past threats but don't want to run to the police and make a big deal without obvious proof it's them or without it even being possible that they got the right IP address anyway.

Sorry for the long comment. Any help and detailed answer or otherwise will be greatly appreciated .

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No, it's not illegal to obtain your IP address this way, mainly because knowing your IP address is virtually worthless. In the best case scenario, the most they will be able to do is determine the general area you are located in, based on where the local office for your Internet Service Provider is. So, they might know that you are in the "Los Angeles Area" or, within a few hundred miles of New York City, etc.. If you have a larger ISP like AOL, no matter what, the IP information would lead back to their main office in Virginia. ONLY if your bad-guy gets a court-order or law-enforcement order would the ISP give him any information about you.

As far as "hacking" your computer based on your IP address, as long as you have a router, a modern computer (any computer made after 2003 or so), have all of your Windows/Apple and other software updates applied, you have virtually nothing to worry about.

Dont forget that EVERY website (and it's owners, operators, moderators, and advertisers) you visit knows your IP address (and more!) go to a free website like PrivacyTest.com to find out how much more information a particular website finds out about you when you visit it. - Nobody seems to care about that ...

Alan (not verified)
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C'mon people! Read the other comments first before posting the same stupid question!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I really need to get an ip address from a FaceBook message if possible. I have family over in the Philippines and a cpl of days after the typhoon hit I started receiving messages from one of them on Facebook, but the person claiming to be my family wont contact any of the other family members on FaceBook trying to get ahold of them. I really think someone has stolen his account or something but then only way I can prove it would be to trace the ip address
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What are you going to do with the IP address? how is that going to help?

PS - you cannot get the IP from Facebook without going through the legal channels (see all the other comments on this page)

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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If someone sent me harassing messages through Facebook from a mobile device, can it somehow be traced? Location, mobile number, anything?
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You can't trace it because even if you get the IP address, you cannot prove it is them. They can plea that someone hacked their account even. Also the police don't do much because it takes A LOT of work to prove someone's identity online, which they don't want to do.

I advise you to report any harassing messages you get from the person and let Facebook block their account. They blocked mine once and I didn't do anything bad.

Anonymous (not verified)
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Not by you only by Facebook or the police.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Can i find the location of a person using the last received message in Facebook actually that person X is missing and i want to search her before my parents find out.
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Can i find the location of a person using the last received message in Facebook
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