Protect yourself from AI Scam calls

April 12, 2024

Protect yourself from AI Scam calls

AI tools are getting better at cloning people’s voices, and scammers are using these new
capabilities to commit fraud.


The Random Call
You get a call from a family member and they breathlessly explain that there’s been a horrible car
accident or they may go to jail if you don't send them money now. Your only thought is how to wire
the funds they need ASAP, but this was an AI generated scam call.


AI capabilities are rapidly advancing along with the ability to impersonate peoples' voices and
spoof any number, tricking their victims into believing they are speaking with a familiar person or
even their bank.


How to Protect Yourself


Hang Up and Call Back
If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and call your your friend or relative directly. For a
bank, call them back at their listed number. You will often find, with a quick Google check, that
the number used to call you has been reported as associated with a scammer.


Create a Safe Word or Ask a Question
A popular security trick is to have an established safe word with your friends and family or ask a
question only that person would know.


Any Voice Can Be Mimicked
AI only needs 5 to 10 seconds of a persons voice in order to clone it, so it's unlikely that Brad
Pitt is calling you to get together for cocktails.


Emotional Appeals - Don’t Fall For It
An experienced scammer will create a sense of urgency so you become emotionally engaged. This is a
red flag and should prompt you to reflect on the likelihood of the situation.


Staying vigilant and following these security suggestions can keep you from falling into the AI
trap.