That panicky call from a relative? It could be a thief using a voice clone, FTC warns
A recent consumer alert from the Federal Trade Commission warns that advances in voice cloning could lead to more scams. Artificial intelligence, or AI, technology is making it possible to closely imitate peoples’ voice and is being used in schemes to swindle money, the commission reports. Incidents in which individuals and companies, including a bank, have been fooled into paying large sums of money are among such recent cases. Not long ago, scammers would have needed sophisticated operations to pull off a scam involving imitation of voices, says Fulton Schools Professor Subbarao Kambhampati, an AI expert. Now, he says, even those with little knowledge or training in AI can easily produce fake voices.