AI Scam: Canadian Couple Loses $21K to Fake Son's Voice

A Canadian couple lost $21,000 as a result of a clever phone fraud. According to WP, the couple got a call pretending to be their son, who needed money to post bail because he was in legal trouble. The parents obeyed when instructed to transfer the funds to a certain bank account. Later on, it was discovered that the call was placed by an AI-generated voice that had imitated their son's voice using deep fake technology, not their kid's.

The parents, who requested anonymity, claimed that at first, they didn't think anything was wrong because the voice sounded exactly like their son. They claimed that the caller was able to divulge private information, such as their son's residence and birthdate, that only their son would be aware of. When their real son Benjamin called them later that day, they were made aware of the scam because they knew the earlier call had been a hoax.

Scammers have already employed AI-generated voices to deceive victims into parting with their money. Deep fake technology has made it simpler for con artists to produce convincing imitation voices that can deceive even the most observant people. Although the technology is still quite young, it is getting more advanced every day.

The targeted victims are now advising people to be careful and aware of this kind of scam. They claimed they had never imagined falling for such a trick, but because the caller's voice was so convincing, they didn't realize anything was off until it was too late. They hope that their story will serve as a warning to others and prevent them from falling prey to similar scams.

Before Chat GPT and other popular AI bots like Chat GPT, there were scams leveraging AI technology. According to reports, another similar scam took place in 2019. The managing director of a British energy company sent almost $240,000 to a Hungarian account because he believed his boss had instructed him to do so in a phone call.

According to experts, the best approach to guard against such scams is to be suspicious of incoming calls and to never give out personal information or financial information over the phone. Verifying the identification of the person on the other end of the line is crucial, and you should hang up if anything sounds off. Also, banks and other financial organizations encourage their clients to be cautious when sending money and to confirm the account information before sending any funds.

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