Can police track a FaceBook message back to my computer?


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macy67
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I just found out a friend of mine has been using my computer to send messages to people from fake accounts to get back at her boyfriend. Apparently she threatened no one but her boyfriend's friend is a police officer and he says he has a cyber detective looking into this and that if the messages are traced back to my computer I will be arrested. Is this true?

Don't the police need a search warrant before they can trace messages? The fake account was deleted but I know the info is still saved on FaceBook servers. I am just worried.

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can I get in trouble for creating a fake FaceBook page of myself?

I recently found out my ex was married. to get back at him i created a fake FaceBook page of me with name all wrong making it seem that someone created a page of me. i contact his wife thru the fake FaceBook page and told her about me and her now husband relationship. i am done with it and honestly a waste of my time, very stupid to have done that i know. my question is, can i get in some kind of trouble with the law for doing such? also, i deleted the account and the fake email as soon as i sent that msg to her. can it still be traced??
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Re: can I get in trouble for creating a fake Facebook?
You won't get in any trouble unless there is a victim that complains to the police and the police take it seriously enough to spend all the time and effort to go after you or if the victim hires a lawyer to track you down and sue you. But yes, it can all still be traced unless you took steps to hide your IP address the entire time you were doing it. My guess is that if you have to ask, you did not take these steps.
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Re: Can police track a FaceBook message back to my computer?
If the deleted facebook account had messages sent via mobile how likely is it they will trace it to the person that sent it? the message was basically an annoyance giving the person a hard time but non threatening for sure.
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Re: Can police track a FaceBook message back to my computer?

If there is a court order or criminal/police investigation, it will be a pretty easy task to trace it to the mobile phone or device of the cowardly jerk that sent the message.

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Re: Can police track a FaceBook message back to my computer?
Threatening people is not cool, but if one does not act on it it is just a threat. One can get a restraining order, but it is not a big deal. If you break the restraining order, that is another question. One cannot under any circumstance threaten the commander and chief of the US. This is grounds for immediate incarceration. A woman threatening a man is laughable. There is not a judge in the world that would do anything. If your friend acts on something, that is a different story. Words are words. That is it.
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Re: Can police track a FaceBook message back to my computer?

So here is my question: arrested for WHAT? usually, to be arrested you have to have broken the law or at least be accused (with SOME evidence) of breaking the law.. No one was threatened... sooo.. what's the threatened charge?

Anyway, to answer your question:
Facebook can/will give IP information if ordered by a judge or if the information is requested by law enforcement (as per Facebook's public policy) - so, sure, it is possible that the "friend" could get your IP address ..

But.. your IP address is pretty much useless unless he can show that your IP matches the IP at the time those (law breaking??) messages were sent. and, to do that, he will have to go to your ISP, who will be much more tight with your information - almost guaranteeing the need for a judge's court-order. and i can imagine no judge willing to hand over your Constitutionally protected private information over "messages to get back at someone's boyfriend" ..

So, however technically possible, I would highly, HIGHLY doubt you have anything to worry about. Seems to me, that if you got arrested over a personal vendetta, the officer and the department that he works for would be open to MUCH more trouble when you sue the sh**t out of them for false arrest, harassment, etc.

Oh - if the part about not making threats isnt true, all bets are off.. you're going down..

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