The chilling rise of AI scam

Jennifer DiStefano received a phone call from someone who sounded like her daughter, Bree. 

– The caller said that Bree had been kidnapped and that DiStefano had to pay a ransom or her daughter would be killed.

DiStefano was terrified, but later found out that the call was a scam 

– The caller had used AI to create a voice clone of Bree that was so realistic that DiStefano couldn't tell the difference.

Oliver Devane, a senior researcher at the computer security company McAfee, says that AI scams are on the rise. 

He says that criminals are using AI to make their scams more believable and to trick more people. 

Devane offers some tips for protecting yourself from AI scams:

– Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, especially if they come from an unknown number.

– Don't give out personal information, such as your bank account number, over the phone.

– If you receive a call that sounds like a scam, hang up and contact the authorities.

– The AI technology used to create the voice clone was developed by a company called Lyrebird.

– Lyrebird's technology can be used to create voice clones of anyone, even if there is only a short audio sample of their voice.

– AI scams are not limited to phone calls. Criminals are also using AI to create fake emails, text messages, and social media posts.

– It is important to be aware of the risks of AI scams and to take steps to protect yourself.