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  • Writer's pictureAngus Stewart

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Updated: May 26, 2023

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The rise of artificial intelligence has brought many benefits, from improving healthcare to advancing transportation. However, there are also those who use this technology for malicious purposes, such as scammers who use AI robots to impersonate people in order to trick their victims into giving away personal information or money.

In a recent article from ZDNet, they explain how scammers are using AI to impersonate people's loved ones, such as grandparents or close friends, in order to gain their trust and deceive them. These AI robots are able to mimic human voices and behaviors, making it difficult for victims to distinguish them from real people.

There are several ways these scams work, such as a scammer pretending to be a grandchild in need of emergency funds or a friend claiming to have won a prize and needing personal information to claim it. The scammers use emotional manipulation and urgency to pressure their victims into acting quickly and without thinking critically.

There is also some advice on how to protect yourself from these scams, such as verifying the identity of the person contacting you and not sharing personal information or sending money without first checking the situation. It also emphasises the importance of educating vulnerable people, such as the elderly, about these types of scams and how to avoid them.

Is the robot apocalypse just round the corner? I'll call you later to tell you the news.


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