What are AI Voice-Cloning Scams?

January 17, 2024

The integration of AI tools into our daily lives has undeniably transformed the way we operate.  We rely on it for both basic and complex tasks. However, there are challenges that come along with the benefits. It's important to remember that these tools can still be misused. Scammers have harnessed the power of AI to perpetrate voice-cloning scams, adding a new layer of sophistication to their deceptive tactics.

The Rise of Voice-Cloning Scams

As scams evolve and become more sophisticated, the risk of falling victim to voice-cloning scams becomes more prevalent. It's important to stay informed and learn to recognize the signs of the tactic.

Voice-Cloning Scams can be camouflaged as a 'family emergency scheme.' It is very common for scammers to call you and through the use of AI, impersonate the voice of a loved one. Below you will find an example script of a voice-cloning family emergency scam.

Image Source: Federal Trade Commission

Although you have no control in the advancements of technology and the evolution of scamming tactics, you can educate yourself to identity an detect the signs to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to a voice-cloning scam.

Here's how you can protect yourself and your loved ones:

Detecting the Deception: How to Spot Voice-Cloning Scams

Do Not Rely Solely on the Voice

AI has granted scammers the ability to replicate voices with astonishing precision. Simply trusting a call based on a familiar voice is no longer a foolproof method to confirm authenticity. As we embrace AI's capabilities, we must also acknowledge its potential misuse.

Verify the Story

If an urgent request comes through, resist the immediate impulse to act solely on emotions. Instead, take a moment to  verify the situation. Reach out directly to the person using a known and trusted phone number, confirming the legitimacy of their story. This step ensures a cautious and measured response.

Utilize Trusted Channels

Leverage trusted channels to reach your loved one. If reaching the person proves difficult, connect with other family members or friends through secure messaging apps or communication platforms to cross-verify information from a suspicious call.

Beware of Red Flags

Scammers employ tactics to complicate the tracing and recovery of funds. Warning signs include requests to transfer money, use cryptocurrency, or purchase gift cards while divulging card details. Recognizing these red flags is pivotal in thwarting a potential scam and protecting your financial well-being.

Empower Yourself: Stay Vigilant and Spread Awareness

To effectively combat voice-cloning scams, maintaining a high level of alertness and a commitment to verification is essential. Question any unexpected request and take the necessary steps to verify its legitimacy before taking action.

Share this article with friends and family to raise awareness against such threats.

For more information on protecting yourself agains fraud, check out additional resources here. If you spot a scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov

Please note: The content in this article comes from individual opinions and experiences. The content should not be taken as advice coming from City National Bank of Florida. City National Bank of Florida does not offer tax, legal or accounting advice.

Source: Federal Trade Commission

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