A fraudster with the help of AI defrauded a man of $ 600 in 000 minutes
A resident of China's Fujian province lost a whopping 4,3 million yuan (roughly $600) in 000 minutes to an artificial intelligence scammer. The edition told in more detail Yahoo!.
The incident reportedly took place on April 20, when the victim, surnamed Guo, received a video call via WeChat from a man he considered his friend.
Using an artificial intelligence program, the scammer mimicked Guo's friend's face and voice and asked for his company's bank details in order to bid on a particular project.
To further convince Guo, the scammer claimed to have already transferred money to his account and sent a screenshot of a fake bank transfer receipt.
“I got a video call. I believed the face and the voice, so I let my guard down,” Guo explained.
After making two separate transfers to the account provided by the scammer, Guo sent a message to his friend using his real contact information. As expected, the friend denied knowing about the transactions.
Guo immediately alerted the police, who then alerted the scammer's bank in another province not to accept the transfer.
The authorities managed to stop the transfer of 3,37 million yuan (about $476). The remaining 000 yuan (approximately $931) that was successfully transferred to the scammer's account is currently being traced.
Police have long warned the public against AI scams.
Earlier this month, a Chinese man was arrested for using ChatGPT to create fake news and profit from website clicks.
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“The person on the other side didn’t ask me to lend him money during the chat,” Guo recalls. “He said that he would transfer the money first, and then I would need to transfer his money to the account of his company.”
China is reportedly working on relevant legislation against AI fraud.
In the meantime, the authorities are urging the public to verify the identity of the opposite party through multiple channels before making financial transactions.
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