However, as with most emerging technologies, AI can be used for dishonest and malicious purposes with some students using it to write essays and scammers using it to steal people’s hard-earned money.
This is why tech experts have warned Brits against new AI scams targeting job hunters and those on the dating scene among many others.
Expert Sophie Millar over at Vouchers, explained: “Artificial intelligence is making it more difficult for people to spot scams as the software allows scammers to create a realistic persona of who or what they’re pretending to be at the click of a button.
“Brits should be alarmed by this and be aware it’s not only fake texts and emails that scammers could be creating using AI, but it’s also things including videos, phone calls and dating profiles too.”
Experts warn over AI scams targeting job hunters and those on the dating scene
Here are the AI scams Brits are being warned against:
AI presented videos tricking users into giving away information
Scammers have hijacked tools used for creating avatar-presented videos as malicious parties use this technology to create realistic videos of ‘people’ offering free editing software.
Users are then directed to harmful links that download malware onto their PCs, allowing scammers to access devices and private information stored on them.
Another common AI tool used by those interested in new technologies includes chatbots, algorithms that generate text conversations based on user inputs.
Scammers are now using such software to catfish people, a practice whereby someone pretends to be someone else to steal money.
Chatbots like ChatGPT are commonly used to connect with unsuspecting parties before asking users for personal information.
This may be targeted at those involved in online dating and those in the wider dating scene.
It’s important to video-chat someone when getting to know them as someone’s unwillingness to video call is usually a tell-tale sign of a catfish.
Linkedin users warned over AI-generated profiles
When job hunting, Linkedin users will often jump at the chance to connect and network with recruiters and others users but scammers have taken advantage of this by creating fake AI profiles that lure unsuspecting people into cons.
These fake profiles will often connect with many people including job hunters by offering them ‘get rich quick’ opportunities which are usually nothing more than crypto and work-from-home scams that could leave users with less money than when they started.
Linkedin has been approached for comment on the issue affecting users.
Voice cloning scam
Before the rise of advanced AI software, the one thing that could differentiate a scam from a family member in need was a quick phone call where you could hear their voice.
However, this too is no longer secure as scammers can use voice cloning tools to trick family members into thinking they are talking to a loved one.
Elderly Brits are generally targeted by this scam. Scammers will clone voices using voice samples gained through social media which is why it’s important to be careful with what you post.