Better Business Bureau warns of new scam using Instagram

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala - The Better Business Bureau is reporting that Instagram has now become the newest target of scammers. They are using this social media platform to phish account login information from Instagram users.

Reports indicate that users are receiving notifications that a friend has added them to the so called "Ugly List" with a link to click on the post. Once they click on the link and enter their Instagram login as prompted, this gives scammers access to their account along with any other associated personal information.

The takeaway here is, if you receive a notification that you have been added to the "Ugly List," don`t believe it. Think about how your real friend normally communicates with you via Instagram, and if a posting seems unusual, be very cautious. Your friend`s profile could have already been stolen.

If the post or picture is sensational, be wary. This could simply be a hook to lure you into clicking on a malicious link or revealing your login information.

Never click on any links associated with unsolicited posts, notifications, emails, or texts; and turn on the safe search feature on your internet browser or virus/malware application.

And last, be sure that your firewall is active on your computer.