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How Phishing is Used to Hack Someone’s Messages

By reading this article, you can see how phishing techniques can get used to hack passwords to messaging apps like Facebook Messenger or iMessage on iOS to read your chats.

hacking password with phishing method

It’s your friend Frankie here again – this time I am talking about the oldest and most used methods of internet tradecraft: phishing.

Phishing gets used to steal credit card numbers, and hack into sensitive messages and chats in Facebook or iMessage.

If you give me a moment, I can briefly explain how this system works.

First, I should remind you that spying or hacking into anyone’s account other than your own is a crime punishable by strict laws nearly anywhere in the world. I do not condone the behavior, nor am I responsible for your actions. This guide is strictly informational.

Now, let’s get started.

What is Phishing?

This is a type of fraudulent behavior designed to steal sensitive information like credit cards numbers, account passwords, and other critical data.

Here is how it works:

You receive a faked email featuring legitimate graphics and logos from a brand you trust, such as Instagram, Facebook, or your bank. In this email or linked webpage, you are asked to fill out personal information like your login or credit card numbers.

Phishing Password

Obviously this official-looking form does not take you where it is intended to, and instead your credentials get hand-delivered to the database of the thief.

You might be looking through this guide for multiple reasons, including parents that want access to their children’s social media to protect them from the dangers of the internet, a spouse of someone suspected of cheating, or looking to protect yourself and your information after already falling victim to phishing schemes.

There’s no judgement here, these are all perfectly reasonable reasons. You need to know, however, that any information I provide is just for general knowledge – phishing is a criminal offense.

In short, I take no responsibility for the choices that you make with the information you are provided.

Additionally, those investigating fraud can track you through clues left behind during the process of creating your scam.

That being said, I have created this guide so that you have a full guide to give you all of the details so that you can:

  • Create a fake email sent by a social media outfit (it is Facebook in the example).
  • Generate a page that looks just like the login screen for Facebook
  • Access your database to extract a password

Or, you can also:

  • Learn to protect your account against such attacks

Besides as Sun Tzu (famous Japanese writer) said in his book The Art of War:

if you know your enemy, you’ll have more chance to protect yourself

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s proceed with what you need to know.

Acquiring Access Credentials (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) with Phishing Techniques


  • A computer
  • Above average skills on a computer
  • Have the ability to use and create a new email address
  • Basic HTML and programming language skills
  • An understanding that if you implement your phishing tactic, you are committing a crime.

If you have these requirements met or are at peace with them, you are in the right place to read on. 😊

This is a technique that you can use to get access for Google, Gmail, Instagram, Outlook, Facebook, and other social media and account-based services.

To make the instructions simpler (and also provide an example you can recognize) we can apply a phishing technique to Facebook.

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1. Create a Fake E-mail Account

One of the first steps to take is creating a fake email account that you can send the message to the victim from, so take your time with creating it.

I would personally suggest that you do not use the traditional options like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo.

Think about it: has Facebook EVER sent you an email ending in @gmail.com? No, I don’t believe they have.

Ideally, you want to purchase a domain similar to Facebook, such as FacebookCommunications or FacebookAlerts. This is going to cost you some money (Usually $20).

Most of the providers that sell email are not keen on allowing the use of trademarked companies like Instagram, Facebook, and other such entities.

Choosing an alternative might also be an option, such as the less popular Yandex service.

Now has reached the point where you are typing out the text getting sent out with your email. You can find a few examples below that you can copy, paste, and personally edit to your preferences.

Example 1

«Dear Facebook User, recent account checks have left us unable to verify your information. In accordance with Facebook’s rules and regulations you agreed to upon signing up with our service,  we need to confirm your real information. It is sufficient for you to login and fill the form we will provide you. If this does not happen, we will be forced to shut down your account.»

Example 2

«Dear Facebook User, we have updated Facebook’s privacy and usage policies. Login to Facebook to accept new terms and conditions.Failure to do this could result in the removal or suspension of your account.»

Once you have created the fake email address and constructed the message text, you need to move on to the most complicated portion: the creation of your phishing page. This is a site that has to look just like the login for Facebook.

2. Creating Your Own Detailed Facebook Login Page

Before you can build your page, you need a web host. This is where you can create the phishing page.
Free hosting services are always my suggestion, and there are many out there to choose from (i.e., 000webhost.com, freehosting.com, etc.).

  1. Choose one, and sign up. You just follow the procedure for creating a new site.
  2. You can then download this file (FilePhishing.rar) and decompress it. I created this myself to help speed your process along. It’s the html code used to copy Facebook’s exact login page.
  3. Access the list of files on the website – usually from File Management (wording might vary slightly based on the host).
  4. Delete the .htaccess file and you can replace it the file you downloaded two steps ago.
  5. To see the page you have, right click on the Facebook file and click “View”
  6. Now, copy the URL (the page’s link) and insert it into the email that you have created for your phishing.

When anyone logs in on the fake page, the access data gets stored and you have successfully hit the jackpot!

3. Accessing the Database to See Login Information

I’m sure you can’t wait to see if the plan worked, right?

To see them, you only have to login to the web host once again and enter your site.

You can find a new log.txt file. One you have right clicked on it, you can click view and the Facebook access credentials can pop up.

Now, I should again take a moment to mention that I do not take responsibility for what you do.

The Limits of Phishing

While you might be over the moon, and cannot wait to test the technique, allow me to quell your enthusiasm.

There are limits to this approach, especially when discovering a social network’s access data information.

Allow me to show you a few.

Limit 1: Two-factor authentication can all but ensure that attempting to access an account with credentials you received is impossible. It is a common staple to protect user accounts now, and users get an email warning of suspicious activity if the account is accessed (or attempted to be accessed) from an “unknown” device. You risk getting caught when these situations exist.

Limit 2: All a victim needs to do is look at the URL when they reach your landing page to see it is not Facebook – the intended target could get suspicious.

Limit 3: It is possible you will end up in a spam folder because modern email providers can often filter out messages with fake links.

Limit 4: It is an older technique, so it is also easily recognized by those who have been around the internet for years. It is tougher than you might think to get a victim to enter this trap.

Limit 5: Far advanced web hosting programs can recognize HTML page code like the file you downloaded and keep you from publishing it at all.

Limit 6: If you get reported for your fraudulent activities, you could face serious consequences.


  • Ease of use: 2/10 – You should have a good understanding of HTML code, how to create and manage new email addresses, and have better than average computer skills.
  • Risk to get caught: 8/10 – It is easier than ever to get caught with phishing schemes because of new precautions and alerts in place when phishing gets detected or suspected.
  • Information immediacy: 2/10 – Information is not instantaneous or “real-time.” For all you know your victim could completely ignore the email, it could end up in spam, or they could just smell something off about the email from the start.
  • Possible remote control: No – You cannot handle this information remotely, as you need to manually login to the database you have generated to see if a victim has fallen into your trap or not.

Frankie’s Take:

I do not recommend trying this, because it is more likely you will get caught than you won’t. It is difficult to create a phishing page as well. This timely ordeal does not always even pan out, and when it does, you are not alerted to this fact right away.

Alternative to Phishing

As you have seen, it is possible that you might not be able to use collected information if you acquire it.

Don’t despair! There is a solution.

Espionage software known as mSpy can help you. While there might be several types of spy software, this is the best I have tried.

This mSpy application allows you to spy on anyone’s PC or smartphone.

mSpy Screenshot

This was created initially to monitor the actions of your children so that you can protect them from the darkness lurking in corners of the internet. It obviously has other applications, such as determining the faithfulness of a partner or to monitor employee behavior on company electronics.

I should remind you, though, that no matter your intentions – it is still a crime.

That being said, let’s get a closer look at the software and what it can do.

You can expect this software to intercept messages on WhatsApp, Facebook, or to even trace calls incoming and outgoing.

It also is a simple solution to the annoying two-factor authentication situation commonly implemented by popular social media outlets.

The main features of this application include:

  • Spying on SMS
  • Access to the activity of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Tinder etc.)
  • Reading new WhatsApp and Messenger conversations 🔥
  • Real-time GPS tracking (tracks journeys)
  • See incoming and outgoing calls
  • View photo & video on the device
  • Read and access email
  • To discover all the other functions and how it works click here

Want more of a reason to give the software a chance? You can have access to technical assistance 24/7. This includes the steps of installation and any issues that you might encounter through the use of the program.

For an annual subscription, you are looking at roughly $12 a month. It has a 98% satisfaction rating according to testimonials – I personally would rate it as 100%.

It is an interesting feeling to be able to monitor anyone’s smartphone activity. You can read their conversations on nearly any program – know who the target is in contact with, and monitor calls.

Now, no one can keep any secrets from you.

Though you might feel like you have found the full solution to your problem, but there is a drawback – you have to have access to the target smartphone or PC.

A limitation to using mSpy is a need to have physical access to the device you intend to collect data from as a one-time installation set-up.

This was not always the case, but as with all espionage apps, new security updates have rendered it impossible to remotely install mSpy.

But let me meet you halfway, as I have taken all the time to write this guide and help to solve your issues. 😉

In case you are stumped about how to get the mobile device from a victim, I have created a video detailing three foolproof methods to get the phone without raising suspicions.

If you are wanting to spy on someone that lives in another city or country, there is no way to spy on their mobile device unless you physically reach their mobile device by visiting them. Well, you could always hire a private investigator. 😔

Alright Frankie, how does the app work for monitoring mobile devices?

Once you have successfully installed the app, mSpy stored the data from the device and sends it to a safe server. From here, you can access through your account at any time with any device capable of accessing the internet.

The person you are tracking is unaware of any app on their phone as it runs hidden from detection in stealth mode.


✅ 24h Free assistance

✅ 100% Secure and reliable

✅ Complete (it spies all the most used apps, calls and keeps a record of movements)

✅ Cheap (12 $ a month if you buy annual subscription)

❌ You need to have physical access to the victim’s mobile or pc

👉 You can try the demo and benefit from a discount by clicking here 👍

By now, it is likely that you have many questions for me.

Let me do my best mind-reading impersonation and help to put some of your concerns to rest.  😉

Does the victim ever know that mSpy is installed on their phone or PC?

Absolutely NOT! Both the app for the smartphone and PC software are completely undetectable. They leave no trace, making them impossible for the target to notice.

Can you find free keylogger software?

Yes you can, but I am not sure that I would recommend that anyone entrusts their relationships on free software that has no guarantees.

How much does this program cost?

The prices vary from 12 dollars up to 70 dollars depending on the package you select.

Is it easy to install and use?

Yes, installing is quick and easy and monitoring the information is even simpler. You have a dashboard where you can track everything happening on the device in real time.

May I use it on any device?

mSpy can get used on any device.

How long does it take to get results?

You can begin accessing the information immediately following installation.


  • Ease of use: 9/10 – You do not need computer skills, and you can get 24/7 customer service assistance with a video tutorial should installation feel complicated.
  • Risk to get caught: 1/10 – This is espionage software that sets the bar – it is undetectable to the target device.
  • Information immediacy: 10/10 – You can begin getting information immediately following the installation of this software on the target device.
  • Possible remote control: 10/10 – You can monitor activity on the device, even if (after the software gets installed) the device is no longer in the country.

Frankie’s Take:

You should get reminded that the only way this software works is through the physical installation on the target’s phone or PC. It can begin spying immediately, and if you need information quickly, this is a process that is suited to you

I promised you a valid alternative to phishing, and I have kept my word.  👍

Speaking of phishing, let’s get back on that topic so you can learn some important lessons to protect yourself.

Protecting Yourself Against Phishing

One thing that you should burn into your brain, something that you can use as an internet mantra is: No one can safeguard your information better than you.

You should take the time to protect the information that you have on devices, including being aware of where it is stored and used, and inputting it as little as possible.

Phishing emails and messages always have an alarming tone designed to make you act without thinking, such as: If you don’t answer, your account will get shut down in 48 hours.

I have developed a small, yet thorough guide to avoid getting caught in any phishing trap.

  • You should always double check both the link in an email and the sender’s address before you follow any link away from a message. You are often best off by copying the link and putting it into the address bar.
  • Before you click any link, you should attempt to verify its origin and the path it will take you on. If you are using a PC, hovering on the link can provide you with the real information about a link’s destination.
  • You should typically stick with keeping your internet behaviors on secure connections that can get verified and protected. Public access Wi-Fi can be a breeding ground for trouble.
  • Start by looking to find out if a connection is HTTPS. Verifying the domain name when a page first opens can save you a costly mistake by entering information where you shouldn’t. These factors are very significant on sites that contain sensitive information, like your online banking, online shops, social media logins, and so on.
  • You should never share any of your personal information with a third party. Official companies are never going to ask you for your sensitive information or login credentials through your email.

I have attempted to give you a thorough look at phishing and some ways to protect yourself. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post it down below.

Thank you,

PS – I have something really interesting that could be very useful for you: find out the best techniques (tested by me) to access someone’s Instagram account and read DM messages.

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About Frankie Caruso

I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.