Instagram users are becoming the target of a new scam with the aim of finding out their personal information.
There have been numerous reports this week of “random text messages sent to account holders asking to reset their passwords.”
The message is not from Instagram – and is likely a new phishing scam designed to steal user passwords and gain access to their accounts, the Mirror. reports.
Instagram will only inform you if you need to update your password via an email sent to the address associated with your account.
A user asked on Twitter: “Has anyone else gotten a random text from Facebook do you say “Tap to reset your Instagram password:” with an http: //ig.me link? Have you checked Instagram and it doesn’t show any logins that I wasn’t, so not sure if it’s legit? ”
Another wrote, “If Instagram texted me to reset my password, does that mean someone is trying to hack me?”
And one said, “There’s nothing like resetting that Instagram password if you haven’t submitted anything lmao.”
Ray Walsh, Privacy Expert at ProPrivacy, said: “What consumers need to realize is that these types of fake texts are usually misused by hackers in some way and it is therefore essential that they do not click on the links they contain and delete it immediately. “
If a link is accidentally clicked, users should disconnect the device from the Internet and close the page.
Instagram recently rolled out an update that lets you see when it sent you an official email.
To check, open your Instagram app, go to Settings> Security> Emails from Instagram.
Mr. Walsh added, “This feature is a great way to get absolute clarity on whether Instagram has tried to contact you”,
He said it also allows users to identify phishing emails if they receive them.