The crazy thing about technology these days is that it can mimic the voice of someone you know and talk to you in real time. I mean, can you imagine getting a call from your CEO or your grandkid, and they’re begging you for money to get them out of a sticky situation? It’s messed up.
But here’s the deal: the phone system we used to trust is long gone. Back in the day, when your phone rang, you knew it was a direct line between you and the caller. Now, with scammers using generative artificial intelligence to sound like your loved ones, that trust is shattered.
According to some reports, over half of Americans share their voice online. And scammers are taking advantage of that by creating digitally generated versions of your voice to scam people you know. They call it voice phishing or “vishing”. It used to be a specialized attack, but with AI, it’s becoming more common.
Of course, these types of calls aren’t as frequent as those annoying spam calls, but they put you in a tough spot. They make you more likely to take action, which is why you have to be prepared.
Companies like McAfee and Hiya are fighting back against these scammers. They’re spotting AI scam patterns and finding ways to block them. But honestly, it’s an uphill battle. The government’s response to this AI technology is unorganized, which is a problem.
Kristofor Healey, a former special agent for the Department of Homeland Security, says that the government and law enforcement are reactive systems. They can only respond to the cases that come up. It’s up to us to be proactive and protect ourselves.
So what can we do? Well, for starters, we need to educate ourselves and spread the word about this threat. Businesses should train their employees on how to spot deepfake audio spam calls, and individuals need to be careful about what they post online. Cybercriminals can use our social media posts to create convincing AI-generated calls.
It’s also a good idea to have a validation word or code with your family. Something that you can use to make sure it’s really your loved one on the other line. And if someone calls claiming to be from a company, hang up and verify their contact information independently. Don’t just call back the number that called you.
There are people out there, like Healey, who take matters into their own hands. He keeps scammers on the line for as long as possible, costing them money. It’s a way to protect others from falling victim to their tricks.
At the end of the day, this is a game for scammers. They get a thrill out of fooling people and gaining power. But with education and technology, we can fight back. We just have to stay one step ahead of them.