Beware of artificial intelligence pretending to be your loved ones

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Scammers are always looking for new ways to steal our money, which means they’ve gotten pretty good at technology.

Using so-called “deep fakes”, scammers can create seemingly real video or audio clips to impersonate politicians, and even loved ones.

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A “deep fake” uses artificial intelligence to imitate a person’s face, voice, or both. The result is a product that looks like a real person, but there are ways to spot these fakes.

“there are blurry spots in the video, so it’s not completely clear in the overall picture,” Roseann Freitas, BBB Hawaii Marketplace Manager. “Maybe double edges on the face. Or abnormal blinking or maybe not even blinking.

Deep fakes are commonly used to impersonate politicians to spread misinformation, but they can be found on fraudulent websites or emailed to you.

The BBB recommends taking everything you see online with a grain of salt.

“So that you, whatever site you go to, you have to have a fair amount of skepticism in there,” Freitas said.

While misinformation from “deep fakes” is a major problem, scammers can also create a deep fake of a trusted family member or friend.

So if you get any strange requests, it may be beneficial to meet in person to make sure it’s really them.

“Let’s say it’s a video or a voicemail, and they’re asking, mostly for a lot of money or something out of the ordinary,” Freitas said. “Just checking.”

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Another tip to avoid deep fake scams, don’t post long clips of yourself online. Deep fakes can only be done if a scammer has access to a selection of videos or recordings featuring your face.

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