With over a billion active users, Instagram is undoubtedly one of the most popular social media apps around the world, but if you use Instagram, be careful of any unusual messages in your direct messages (DM) on the app according to Russia today.
Instagram, owned by Facebook, warned users about a new, circulating scam that attempts to steal their login details by falsifying "copyright infringement.
Although the message appears to be from the Instagram Copyright Assistance Centre, the company has confirmed that it will never communicate with users about direct messages about copyright violations and advises users not to click or respond to any links in the messages.
Instagram also warned users of its app about this scam on its official Twitter account.
The letter of fraud reads: "A copyright violation has been discovered in a publication on your account, and if you think copyright infringement is wrong, you should make notes, otherwise, your account will be closed within 24 hours."
The message then requires users to click on a "make notes" link.
Worryingly, if you click on the link without knowing, you will be required to enter the username and password, allowing fraudsters access to your personal data.
Instagram warned users not to be careful about any e - mails that look like Instagram.
Fortunately, if you get an email that appears to be from Instagram, there's an easy way to verify whether it's legitimate.
You just have to open an Instagram app, click over settings, then safety, then Instagram e-mails, and then you can see any safety-related e-mails and login sent from the company in the last 14 days.
The company also advises to operate the binary validation to enhance the account's safety, and to activate it, click over the settings, then the safety, then the binary validation, and determine whether you would like to use the validation application, or send a text message every time you log into your account.