Recently, criminals have used AI-powered speech synthesis technology to imitate users' friends' voices and contact targets via WeChat, pretending to urgently need money. The high degree of voice simulation makes it difficult for users to identify, resulting in some being deceived into making transfers.
AI voice scams
Tom received a WeChat voice message from his friend Aria requesting urgent USDT, claiming she encountered an emergency and was temporarily out. She asked Tom to transfer USDT to her first and promised to return it immediately after resolving the issue.
Tom did not question the message's authenticity. She sounded distressed, furthering his belief. Trusting his friend, Tom swiftly transferred the requested USDT to her provided wallet address.
Later, when Tom contacted the real Aria offline, he was shocked to discover he had been scammed. It turned out fraudsters had convincingly impersonated Aria using synthetic voice technology. This deception caused Tom to unknowingly transfer the funds.
The scammers first gathered Tom's personal details through phishing schemes. They then used advanced voice synthesis technology to study and mimic Aria's voice patterns, creating an authentic double.
Masquerading as Aria, the fraudsters fabricated an emergency that necessitated urgent funds. Deceived by the synthetic voice and fabricated scenario, Tom was misled into transferring money to the account they provided.
- Exercise caution with unusual or sudden large money transfer requests. Do not send funds without verifying the legitimacy of the demand.
- Carefully limit sharing of personal details on social media to safeguard your information.
- With any transfer request, stay composed. Validate the situation is real by personally contacting the requester via phone, video chat, or in person
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