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### AI-Generated Scams: How Fake Profiles Drain Money from Hopeful Men

Artificial intelligence could be targeting you on texts, social media and dating apps.

CHICAGO ( WLS )- Individuals may find themselves targeted by artificial intelligence through tailored texts, social media interactions, and dating applications.

Numerous victims have reported losing substantial sums of money to scammers posing as genuine individuals, particularly women, who ultimately turned out to be fraudulent. These scammers not only swindled their victims financially but also played with their emotions.

Despite appearing genuine to some, the individuals behind these scams can often be identified through subtle cues. For instance, security experts have noted that the videos shared by these scammers are heavily filtered, with peculiarities such as unnatural eyes and neck blending.

One such victim, Jim, shared his experience of being lured into an investment scheme by a woman he met online. Despite initial reservations, Jim eventually succumbed to the scammer’s declarations of love and investment opportunities. The scammer even went as far as creating a fake persona, complete with photos and sketches, to deceive Jim.

After being persuaded to invest $60,000 in the stock market, Jim faced significant financial losses when the investments failed. Subsequently, the scammer coerced him into setting up an account on an international cryptocurrency exchange, leading to further monetary losses through upfront fees.

Another victim, also deceived by fabricated images, recounted being solicited for money on a daily basis by multiple individuals online. Instead of finding genuine connections, he ended up losing thousands of dollars by sending gift cards to these scammers, who used fake photos to manipulate him.

Security and technology experts from Bitdefender and NordVPN analyzed the images and videos associated with these scams, concluding that they were either entirely fabricated or heavily altered. They highlighted discrepancies such as unnatural skin tones, inconsistencies in facial features, and animated elements that indicated artificial manipulation.

Dating experts caution against falling for rapid displays of affection in online relationships, as this could be a red flag for fraudulent intentions. They advise meeting in person at a secure location to verify the authenticity of the individual and avoid potential scams.

Despite the elaborate schemes and emotional manipulation employed by AI scammers, victims like Jim have learned valuable lessons about safeguarding their finances and personal information. By remaining vigilant and cautious, individuals can protect themselves from falling prey to such deceptive practices.

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