US Government Warns Billions of Android and iPhone Users of ‘Evil’ AI Draining Banks – One Phone Brings Tragedy
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a warning about an AI phone call scam.
It involves cybercriminals using artificial intelligence to impersonate your family members and it sounds awfully convincing.
The FTC explains on its website: “You get a call. There is a panicked voice on the end of the line. He’s your grandson.
“He says he’s in big trouble – he wrecked the car and landed in jail. But you can help by sending money.
“You take a deep breath and think. You’ve heard of scams from grandparents.
“But damn it, that sounds like him. How could that be a scam? Voice cloning is like that.”
Scammers just need a short audio clip from your family member or friend.
They can easily access it from open social media platforms.
Then a voice cloning program can be used so that a scammer can sound exactly like a voice that is familiar to you.
If you receive a disturbing call from a loved one asking for money, be sure to contact them via another method to confirm the story.
Do not call the number back.
Call their usual contact number or send them a message through another platform.
The FTC says, “Scammers ask you to pay or send money in a way that makes it difficult to get your money back. If the caller says transfer money, send crypto change or buying gift cards and giving them the card numbers and PIN codes, these could be a sign of a scam.”
If you come across a scam, you can report it at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.