These are all reasons why the trick I’m going to share should become a standard part of your Facebook account research process. Along with trying to view friends, posts, likes, check-ins etc., you should check if they have Marketplace or buy and sell group listings, and view the account creation date.
Now you know why this is useful. Let’s get to the tip.
Here’s the formula to view the Marketplace seller profile of any Facebook account:
Let’s break it down.
Cut and paste this into your web browser of choice but don’t hit enter:
Now you need to add the Facebook ID of your target account after the “=”.
What’s an account ID? Every Facebook account is given a unique ID. Even an account like mine with this URL:
…originally started with a series of numbers where you now see “silvermancraig.” Some Facebook accounts never enable their vanity URL, so the ID will always show up in the browser address bar when looking at a profile. An example would be this Facebook account URL, which belongs to one of the many suspicious accounts I discovered during our investigation:
In this example, the Facebook ID is 100056645303369. (We’ll come back to this profile in a second.)
But when you encounter vain folks like me who customize their profile URL, you need a way to retrieve their ID. Fortunately, it’s easy thanks to websites like lookup-id.com
Just paste in the full URL of a Facebook account and the site spits out the ID. Here’s what it looks like for my account: