Fake AI images hit new low, as scammers exploit Turkey-Syria earthquake

ai image used to create fake fundraising page
(Image credit: Panagiotis Kotridis)

Scammers have turned to AI-generated images as they create fake fundraising pages for the Turkish and Syrian earthquakes. So far more than 37,000 people have died, a further 80,000 have been injured, and an estimated 1,192 buildings have been destroyed leaving people without shelter – and unscrupulous people are capitalizing on the tragedy using images generated by artificial intelligence. 

There has been a huge amount of controversy surrounding AI recently, from an AI image appearing on the cover of a photography magazine to an AI image fooling judges in a photo competition, but this latest scandal tips the ethical scale. In an attempt to pull on people's heartstrings, scammers have been creating fake appeal pages that include AI-generated imagery of firemen "rescuing" toddlers from buildings or show children running away from explosions.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.