Take a Look at 5 Devastating Ways in Which Deepfake is Being Used by Scammers

Take a Look at 5 Devastating Ways in Which Deepfake is Being Used by Scammers
Cover Image Source: Pexels/Tara Winstead

An image of a seized ransomeware website HIVE, a notorious ransomware gang, which has extorted more than $100 million from victim organizations. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
An image of a seized ransomware website HIVE, a notorious ransomware gang, which has extorted more than $100 million from victim organizations. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Also Read: Global Ponzi Scheme Used Medical Cannabis to Lure Victims; Here's how it was Busted

 

AI has completely transformed the way people work, conduct business and even create art, but at the same time, it has spawned technology such as deepfake and deepvoice, which have enabled fraudsters to orchestrate sophisticated scams. Deepfake scams have surged, creating chaos in various domains. In a recent report by Forrester, five deepfake scams were detailed as cautionary tales for individuals and enterprises alike.

Image Source: Tara Winstead | Pexels
Image Source: Tara Winstead | Pexels

 

One of the most alarming aspects of deepfake technology is its potential to clone faces and voices accurately. These cloned identities can then be used to authenticate and authorize fraudulent activities. Forrester warns that deepfake technology is already being exploited for financial fraud. For example, perpetrators can impersonate senior executives, granting them the ability to authorize wire transfers to criminals.

Also Read: Most Baby Boomers Opting to Stay in Their Current Location Lessens Housing Availability for Rest

Image Source: Pexels/ RDNE Stock project
Image Source: Pexels/ RDNE Stock project

Also Read: Thieves Fail to Steal Truck Installed With Anti-theft Devices; Here's What Expert Had to Say

 

Newsworthy events, major product announcements, or even a single tweet by someone like Elon Musk can sway stock prices. Deepfake technology opens the door for malevolent actors to manipulate these events for personal gain. By creating deepfakes of critical announcements, such as an executive leaving a publicly traded company, scammers can trigger a crash or surge stock prices.

Pixabay | Geralt
Pixabay | Geralt

 

In the age of social media, it's alarmingly easy to fabricate false posts from prominent executives, containing offensive language, insults, false information, and more. These deepfake posts can wreak havoc on an individual or company's reputation and brand. Such scenarios pose significant challenges to PR teams and boards, as it's incredibly difficult to prevent the creation of these deceptive posts.

Image Source: Pexels/CadoMaestro
Image Source: Pexels/CadoMaestro

 

One of the most distressing scenarios is when an employee uses deepfake technology to create nonconsensual pornographic content, using the likeness of another employee, and circulates it. This nefarious act can be devastating to the targeted employee's mental health and career. It's also likely to result in legal actions, further complicating the situation. The motivation behind such acts can range from misguided humor to revenge.

Cover Image Source: Pixabay | tungnguyen0905
 Image Source: Pixabay | tungnguyen0905

 

Deepfake technology can be weaponized to amplify the spread of other deepfake content. This is akin to the use of social media bots but with a disturbing twist—instead of using usernames and post histories, AI gives these bots faces and emotions. Such deepfakes can be used to create reactions to an original deepfake designed to damage a company's brand, effectively expanding its reach and impact.

In the recent past, deepfake technology has been used to exploit the image of influential personalities ranging from Elon Musk to Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as well as a Binance executive. By creating their digital clones, scammers have orchestrated crypto fraud and even left an impact on global geopolitics.

Scammers created a video interview in which Musk discussed cryptocurrency, intending to promote scams. In the video, Musk appears to say that “By joining us early on, you can earn up to $3,000 by selling shares with high returns and minimal risk”. This tool will make you financially independent in the shortest possible time.” However, investors have grown more discerning and can now easily spot the signs of a deepfake. This incident underscores the need for vigilance in the crypto market.

More from MARKETREALIST

Convenience Store Owner Thwarts Crypto Scam, Protects Elderly Victim

Fake Priest Visited Parishes Across America to Rob People; Gets Arrested in California

Share this article:  Take a Look at 5 Devastating Ways in Which Deepfake is Being Used by Scammers