Fake Account Creation

End Fraud Caused by Fake Account Creation

Identify each account creation bot and remove bad actors abusing your account creation process, whilst always prioritizing legitimate users – boosting trust and brand reputation while you stop fake account creation.


How Netacea Prevents Fake Account Creation

  • Identify Fake Users Creating Fake Accounts

    We’ll tune your Netacea implementation to understand legitimate account creation behavior vs illegitimate bots making fake accounts, using machine learning to flag behaviors like automating actions at scale.

  • Block Fraudsters Fast

    When our Intent Analytics™ engine identifies fake account creation, we block immediately and accurately with our agentless technology, powered by constantly improving machine learning.

  • Get Smarter For Next Time

    Each time we stop fake account creation, you’ll get a breakdown of what happened in Attack Profile. This information includes where the incident originated, its duration and much more, assisting in fake account prevention.

What is Fake Account Creation?

Fake account creation is the process of creating accounts using fake or stolen identity information. Cybercriminals use automated bots during this type of attack to create large volumes of fake accounts in a short amount of time.

Why Choose Netacea to Protect you from Fake Account Creation

Fake account creation is on the increase as attackers gain access to more sophisticated tools, such as account creation bots. Get a defense that's equally sophisticated with Netacea.

  • Adaptable

  • Secure Everything at Once

  • Rapid Implementation

  • Recognized by Leading Analysts


Using Active Threat Database and Intent Analytics™, our account takeover attack prevention solution is always one step ahead of attackers across your websites, mobile apps and APIs.

Secure Everything at Once

Maintaining agents across all attack surfaces is a thing of a past with Netacea, as our agentless solution can be deployed across all your endpoints, quickly and painlessly.

Rapid implementation

You can be up and running with our solution in as little as an hour, thanks to our raft of pre-configured integrations with leading content delivery networks, applications and platforms.

Recognized by Leading Analysts

Forrester recognized our technology in their latest Wave, giving us top marks in the bot detection category – ensuring you’ll always detect and stop even the most evasive of account takeover attacks.

Why is Fake Account Creation Problematic?

Besides reputational damage, fraud, and potential loss of revenue, fake account creation also causes these three specific issues:

Promotes Discount Abuse

Your business offers sign-up discounts or bonuses to new customers. Fraudsters take advantage of these, creating fake accounts to gain sign-up offers and sell them on the grey market.

Outages Hurt your Bottom Line

Enables Future Attacks

Fake account creation is the first step in many other attacks; for example, fake bot accounts can bypass 'one per customer' restrictions on items they want to scalp for a profit on the secondary market.

Rate Limiting Hurts Customer Throughout

Skews Marketing Analytics

You rely on data from your analytics to make key decisions. Fake account fraud can skew this data, causing you to make decisions based on data that’s misleading and inaccurate.

Reputational Damage and Outages

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Case Studies Of Netacea Protecting Against Fake Account Creation

Find Out More About Fake Account Creation

  • How does fake account creation work?

    Businesses encourage users to create accounts to share discounts and offers, and monitor behavior. Creating an account therefore needs to be quick and easy so that the consumer isn’t deterred. However, it’s equally straightforward for attackers to register for an account that will be used with malicious intent.

    Detecting and preventing fake account creation attacks is becoming increasingly difficult as attack techniques evolve. Sophisticated fake account creation attacks are highly distributed and will use fake or stolen identities. These attacks are carried out in short bursts or spread out over prolonged periods, making them difficult to effectively spot and stop using traditional security measures alone.

    The challenge for many businesses is that more registered users is a sign of growth, and the rising number of registrations is unlikely to be investigated too rigorously - until it’s too late.

    Once an attacker has amassed many fake accounts, some may lay dormant for a long time or, dependent on the type of account, will be used to scalp limited availability items, abuse new customer offers, or validate stolen credit cards.

  • How do cybercriminals use fake accounts?

    Fake bot accounts can be used to conduct a variety of different criminal acts, including:

    • Free trial abuse: Through fake account creation, fraudsters can take advantage of these offers multiple times.
    • Subscription abuse: Cybercriminals resell subscriptions or free trials on third-party sites at discounted rates, swaying potential customers to purchase away from the actual website or web app.
    • Money laundering: Bad actors use fake accounts to launder funds from illicit operations.
    • Review fraud: Fraudsters use fake account creation to flood review sites with favorable reviews of their product or negative reviews about a competing product.
    • Manipulate public opinion: Automated accounts post fake comments on social media to inflate popularity of certain ideas and sway public opinion.
    • Distribute spam or malware: Fake accounts can be used to send malware or spam messages.
  • Challenge of preventing fake account creation

    Detection is becoming increasingly difficult as attack techniques evolve. Sophisticated fake account creation attacks are highly distributed and will use fake or stolen identification details. These attacks are carried out in short bursts or spread out over prolonged periods, making them difficult to effectively spot and stop using traditional security measures alone.

    Other attempts to prevent fake accounts being created, such as the use of CAPTCHAs, do so by adding additional friction into the user journey. This necessitates new customers performing additional actions such as completing email validation, or strict rules are applied around data reuse. These methods are unpopular with customers and can be bypassed by most sophisticated bots.

  • How to successfully detect and stop fake account creation

    Accurately detecting fake account creation requires a specialist, dedicated bot management tool. Netacea Bot Management provides industry-leading levels of detection accuracy for fake account creation and ensures that any website, mobile app or API can be effectively protected from the impact of attacks.

    Netacea enables you to stop this activity at source by detecting fake account creation attacks as they happen, no matter how distributed or ‘low and slow’.

    Netacea has created specific detection techniques that monitor all site visits to the registration pages and analyses them in context relative to each of the visitors on the site. Acquiring an understanding of what normal behavior looks like, relative to that unique business, allows us to establish what a typical account creation journey should look like and detect bots trying to automate this process. This allows Netacea to detect known bad actors and attack patterns.

    All risk to your customers’ security and privacy is removed with Netacea’s unique JavaScript-less approach to bot detection. Disruption is minimized and there is zero requirement for mobile SDKs or browser/device fingerprinting.

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