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Arizona Mom Claims Scammers Cloned Her Daughter’s Voice to Demand $1 Million Ransom

TRUTH PUKE’S TAKE: A horrifying new scheme has emerged in which scammers are using AI to clone people’s voices and demand ransoms. One Arizona mother, Jennifer DeStefano, was a victim of this high-tech scam when she received a call from someone claiming to have kidnapped her daughter and demanding a $1 million ransom. The voice on the other end of the line sounded just like her daughter and was able to describe exactly how things would “go down”. DeStefano was so convinced that it was her daughter that she complied with the scammer’s demands, only to learn that the voice was created through an AI simulation.

This alarming case is part of a wider trend of “caller-ID spoofing” schemes, in which scammers use technology to make it seem as though they are calling from a different number, often an international one. The scammer would then claim to have taken a relative hostage and threaten to harm them if a specified amount of money is not paid. To avoid falling prey to such scams, FBI experts advise people to keep their personal information private and not to reveal too much on social media. Dan Mayo, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Phoenix office, also recommends asking scammers questions about the supposed “abductee” that they would not know. As voice-cloning technology becomes more advanced, it is crucial that people stay vigilant and protect themselves from potential scams.


Original Article Below: By Ben Cost @ NYPost

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