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When thinking about getting a scam call, what do you imagine the voice on the other end of the line to be like? Is it someone with a foreign accent? Maybe someone in a hushed, sneaky voice? What if they sounded exactly like a family member? A.I. voice cloning scams are on the rise, swindling millions, and stealing your loved ones’ voices, too!

AI voice cloning scams involve the nefarious use of artificial intelligence to duplicate and simulate the voices of individuals, often using this cloned voice to trick their older relatives into believing they are real. A.I. technology’s use of voice impersonation makes their phone call claiming they need help even more real. Common scenarios include scammers pretending to be a child or grandchild, who are in urgent need of financial assistance, convincing the older adult to act immediately on their behalf. Scenarios often include claims of being in the hospital, jail, police custody, or some other bind that requires immediate payment.

To prevent victimization of these scams, it’s vital for older adults and their family members to be educated and primed to recognize the signs of A.I. voice clones. Indicative signs of these scams include immediate requests for money and extreme emotion and urgency in the caller’s tone. One tactic you can implicate to combat this scam is coming up with a safe word that only you and your family members are aware of. Utilizing this safe word in the event of an urgent phone call will help you rule out if the caller is a scam artist, or in fact your real loved one.

If you have more questions on A.I. voice scams, or any other scams targeting older adults, please reach out to an Elder Rights Specialist at Aging Resources at (515) 255-1310.