a chinese businessman transferred $610,000 after receiving a video call of someone whose face and voice closely resembled those of a close person. After verifying that it was a scam carried out with Artificial Intelligence (AI)the police ordered the bank not to carry out the operation. The victim was ultimately able to recover $482,000.
Guo was at his company when he received a video call with the face and voice identical to a person nearby. In the conversation, that person convinced the victim to transfer 4.3 million yuan ($610,000) to him from his company’s bank account.
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The story was replicated through an article published by a media outlet linked to the Fuzhou authorities (east) where he denounced the scam through the Artificial Intelligence (AI). “During the video call, I was convinced that I had recognized the face and voice of the person who was calling me, so I did not distrust,” said the businessman, according to the RFI agency.
The victim narrated that in the conversation the fraudster highlighted the urgency to get that money to pay a guarantee deposit for a tender. After making the transfer, Guo sent a message to the friend whose identity was stolen. Faced with the incomprehension of his acquaintance, the businessman realized the mistake and quickly called the police.
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Although the perpetrators of the scam were not identified, the investigation determined the cancellation of the bank transaction. As a result, Guo was able to recover 3.4 million yuan ($482,000).
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Although in the western world it began to be an easily accessible tool. The GPT Chat interface It is not accessible in China. Though it remains a constant topic of debate on social media and Chinese tech giants. They even plan to create tools similar to this chatbot prototype.
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