AI is increasingly being exploited by scammers to dupe people, with AI-based deepfake technology being used for fraudulent activities.
In a recent case, a man in Kerala was defrauded of Rs 40,000 by a deepfake caller impersonating a former colleague.
The scammer managed to build trust by mentioning names of common friends and requested money for an alleged emergency.
The victim reported the scam to the police, who tracked the transaction to a Maharashtra bank and froze the account.
Kerala Police warned against online scams using AI deepfakes, suggesting double-checking request authenticity and promptly reporting issues to helpline number 1930.
Deepfake scams are growing globally due to increased accessibility to the technology; individuals are advised to be suspicious of unexpected calls and never disclose personal information without confirmation.