Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Well you can be, just by visiting the Fake Name Generator. At the moment, I’m Wanda M. Simmons from Raleigh, NC, but not for long. I think I’d rather be Gregory B. Arevalo of Radcliff, KY. Or Urunna Chiazagomekpele from Morrinsville Waikato in New Zealand.
Yesterday Paul Swider (@pswider) tweeted that he was looking for 20,000 random names to load into a demo he was working on. I’m not sure whether someone told him about the Fake Name Generator or if he found it by searching, but it was just what he needed.
Not only can you decide to be someone else, you get a complete identity with a First Name, Last Name, Address, Phone, Website, Email Address, Password, Mother’s Maiden name, Birthday, MasterCard, Expires, CVC2, Occupation, Company, UPS Tracking Number, Blood type, Weight, Height, GUID, Geo coordinates, and QRCode.
If you need a whole heap of identities, like Paul did, you can “order” (they’re free) large sets in many formats.
It’s a little bit creepy, but it seems to be totally legitimate. The next time you need a lot of fake user data, you’ll know where to go for it.
[important]I was remiss in not giving Mr. Dan Usher (@usher) credit for spotting the Fake Name Generator in the first place. Mea culpa.[/important]
From the FAQs:
Is the Fake Name Generator illegal?
The simple answer is no, the Fake Name Generator is not illegal.
We do not condone, support, or encourage illegal activity of any kind. We will cooperate with law enforcement organizations to assist in the prosecution of anyone that misuses the information we provide or that asks us to provide illegal materials, such as forged documents or genuine credit card numbers.
All of the information we provide, including credit card numbers and national identification numbers, are fake. They can’t be used to make purchases online or to obtain employment. We cannot and will not provide genuine credit card numbers or national identification numbers.