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A Lesson in AI-Driven Voice Duplication Scam Calls

Learn how far scammers have gotten using AI to trick you into losing your life savings!

Episode #14-02 released on November 5, 2023

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With the advent of artificial intelligence, we have had the ability to load a whole host of amazing time saving functions but with great advancements, comes a price. Artificial intelligence is being used to create dynamic voice messages that sound so realistic that many people are being scammed into believing they are talking to the right people.

The amount of audio recordings required to duplicate a voice has gone from 60-90 minutes down to a mere 3 seconds with Microsoft's new AI called Vall-E. These 3 seconds of audio can be taken from a multitude of sources, too. With other similar technologies available, thousands of people have been tricked into losing millions of dollars. It takes only a quick search online to see hundreds of stories from victims losing thousands of dollars each, from every news organization, with some groups like Indians, being hit hardest as it is nearly impossible to distinguish between AI generated and natural voices. However, it is not limited to just people with heavy accents, everyone can fall victim to these kinds of scams.

An AI-driven scam call usually involves a few steps to voice the victim, possibly yourself, that they are a friend or family member in distress needing help. They will try to get personal information from you or try to convince you to send funds to save them from a distressing or dangerous situation.

There are a few steps that you need to take to be absolutely sure that the person who is talking to you is real and not AI driven.

  • First, consider asking obscure questions that have responses that are not publicly known.
  • Secondly, ask it questions about things it should know.
  • Thirdly, try to communicate with the person with alternate means that are not provided in the initial call.
  • Fourthly, do not provide any personal details whatsoever. Someone who knows you will already have many of the details you are being asked to begin with, which should be a huge red flag.
  • Lastly, get off the call as quickly as possible, the longer you remain on a call the more likely you will fall prey to scammers.

Do not do anything until you can confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt the person is who they claim to be. If you suspect that you were called by a scammer, call the authorities immediately.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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