You can't spell "catfish" without AI – and now AI is being used for romance scams

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AI is yet again wreaking havoc on the internet, and this time it's being used by fraudsters to scam vulnerable people on dating websites and apps. While romance scandals and catfishing are nothing new, this AI technology is becoming dangerously harder to spot – leaving even the most tech-savvy of us at risk of gullibility. 

Can we trust anything any more? Police also believe that super-convincing AI voice-cloning technology is on the rise. In one instance it has been used by scammers to commit identity theft and trick seniors out of thousands of dollars, believing that their actual grandchildren had called them for help!

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.