Beware Fake Instagram Apps Online

Last week Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion and spammers were paying attention. Spammers often take advantage of headlines to cash in on things people are talking about online and the latest attempt is to circulate a fake Instagram app.

So before you download the Instagram app, make sure you are getting it from a legitimate source like Google Play or Apple’s iTunes. Because if you get the wrong one, instead of letting you add filters to your photos, the malware app will rack up charges on your phone bill.

ZDNET has the story: “They have set up fake websites advertising fake Instagram apps, which by the way don’t really do a good job of looking like the real Instagram app. The devil is in the details: in the background, the malicious app sends expensive international text messages to earn its creators revenue.”