We spoke to private investigator Lefteris Pelekasis about Artificial intelligence and scams.
Lefteris Pelekasis, Private Investigator spoke to ATHENS VOICE about the scams through artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence became known to the average citizen through social media and the making of videos with humorous content. But what happens if someone decides to maliciously use it to create offensive content or a scam? We spoke to Lefteris Pelekasis, Private Researcher to find out what we are concerned about around AI and scams.
Simply put, artificial intelligence is the science of computers that have the ability to complete tasks that humans are already performing or require human intelligence to complete. AI uses technology to learn and recreate plausibly human tasks. In some cases, AI even has the ability to perform human tasks better than we can, which may make it a threat to the workforce.
AI may have recently become popular or more accessible to the average user, but it has actually been used in many ways for years. It is used either intentionally or unintentionally in our daily lives such as facial recognition for screen unlocking, search engines and cookies, voice assistants, smart devices, recommendation software, etc.
What about AI scams and voice impersonation?
In Greece, as abroad, artificial intelligence has started to be used for online scams mainly through voice imitation. A user who has a good sample of our voice can easily reproduce with our own voice any text typed in the AI program.
To obtain a sample of our voice is not something extremely difficult. Most people now have on their personal social media profiles a video containing their voice. Even if they don’t, abusers can easily gain access and sample via a phone call by pretending to ask for someone else and pretending to dial the wrong number.
The voice sample is then fed into the AI program, “trained” and reproduces typed text or recorded speech with the tone and inflection of the victim’s voice. This is how audio is created with our own voices and solicits sums of money from friends and family. The perpetrators claim to be in need of money either for a medical reason, or because they have had an accident, or to pay an obligation as they supposedly left home without money, or because they ran out of money for the current month, etc.
Artificial intelligence and scams
In case something like this happens, the best ways to make sure if it is a case of impersonation or not are:
When the perpetrator tries to carry out this kind of fraud, he is usually in a hurry and pushy, trying to put us in a state of stress and rush. In any case, as strange as it may seem to some, the above steps or part of them should be followed in order to avoid any fraud.
Do not trust the identity of the caller. Phone numbers can be spoofed and make it appear that the call is coming from an official agency, such as a police office, hospital or government agency, etc.
Through artificial intelligence, images and videos can be created in which any content the user wishes can be depicted or reproduced. For the average Tik-Tok user this is familiar as various people from the political and journalistic scene of our country have been the subject of humorous videos or images, with their face relaying funny news, anecdotes and general humorous content.
Many of the users, in fact, have made similar videos of fake and humorous news with journalist N.E. The plausibility of these creations by amateur users is excellent, often raising the question of whether the content has been reproduced by the channel or whether it is a humorous creation of AI.
However, the use of this technology can be used accordingly to reproduce and change the face in videos of erotic content, abusive content, false news, statements, erotic provocations, etc.
What is the conclusion?
We have reached the point now where technology is outweighing human ability and control. Artificial intelligence is a tool that has many positive and many negative things to offer to the everyday life of humans. It is a tool that scares some people while it fascinates others. In any case, it should be used wisely and with a view to serving needs and improving the quality of services, not to diminish human existence and offend personality. Since there will always be malicious people, the information and personal data shared by each user on the Internet must be limited.
Pelekasis Lefteris – Private investigator
Athens Detective Agency 39 Stadiou Street, Athens, Greece, 2103616406
Piraeus Detective Agency Er.Polytechniou 36, 2104131519
Artificial intelligence and scams
Published in the online magazine Athens Voice 13/12/2023