POLICE have issued a warning after reports of people receiving messages from Instagram about copyright infringement.

Dorset Police Cyber Crime Unit have urged people to check their security settings when such a message is received.

A spokesperson said: “Have you received a message from Instagram lately, alleging some sort of copyright infringement? If so, all might not be what it seems.

“Criminals have started direct messaging unsuspecting users on the social media platform claiming that action is required on one of their posts.

“The message contains a link and asks the user to provide feedback on their post, or face account closure.

“As a rule of thumb, Instagram will not DM you about issues with your account. If you receive a message like this, the best thing to do is to head to the settings, then security. In there, you'll see an option called ‘Emails from Instagram’. This is where you'll find any genuine messages about your account.

“It is also recommended that you turn two-factor authentication on for your account.

“This can also be managed in the security section of the app, and will prevent criminals from being able to access your account, even if they have your password.

“For more on staying safe online, including how to turn on two-factor Authentication, head to www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware.”