Instagram users are approached by a new scam that aims to get their personal information.
Numerous reports of “random text” were sent to account holders this week asking them to reset their passwords.
The message wasn’t from Instagram – and it’s likely a recent phishing scam designed to steal user passwords and access their accounts, the Mirror Reports.
Instagram only informs you when you need to update your password by email to the address associated with your account.
A user asked on Twitter, “Has anyone received a random text from? Facebook Say “Tap to reset your Instagram password:” with a http://ig.me link? Checking Instagram and showing no logins that I wasn’t. So not sure if it’s legit? “
Another wrote, “If Instagram just texted me to reset my password, does that mean someone is trying to hack me?”
And one said, “Nothing beats resetting that Instagram password if you haven’t submitted anything to lmao.”
Ray Walsh, Privacy Specialist at ProPrivacy, said, “Consumers need to be aware that this type of forged text is usually exploited by hackers in some way. So it is important that you do not click on the links in it and delete them all at once. “
If a link is accidentally clicked, users should disconnect their device from the Internet and close the page.
Instagram recently released an update that lets you see when it sent you an official email.
To check, open your Instagram app and go to Settings> Security> Emails from Instagram.
Mr Walsh added, “This feature is a great way to get absolute clarity about whether Instagram has tried to contact you.”
He said it also ensures that users can identify phishing emails when they receive them.