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Nearly 50% of Indians Encounter AI-Driven Voice Scams: McAfee’s Study

Almost Half of Indians Experience AI-Enabled Fake Voice Scams: McAfee Survey

A recent survey conducted by cybersecurity firm McAfee revealed that nearly half of Indians surveyed are unable to differentiate between a real and cloned voice, and 83 percent of the victims have lost money due to AI-enabled voice scams by imposters. The survey, which included 7,054 individuals across seven countries, including 1,010 respondents from India, highlighted the risk of AI voice scams and the need for protective measures.

The report revealed that India has a significantly higher percentage of voice scam victims than the global average, with 47 percent of Indian adults experiencing or knowing someone who has experienced some kind of AI voice scam, as opposed to the global average of 25 percent. The report also found that 83 percent of Indian voice scam victims lost money, with 48 percent losing over Rs. 50,000.

The survey focused on how artificial intelligence (AI) technology is fueling the rise of online voice scams, with just three seconds of audio required to clone a person’s voice. The report highlighted the need for protective measures such as using verbal codewords among family members and close friends to prevent voice scams.

Key Findings of the Report:

– Half of the adults surveyed in India could not differentiate between a real and cloned voice.
– 83 percent of Indian voice scam victims lost money with 48 percent of victims losing over Rs. 50,000.
– India has a significantly higher percentage of voice scam victims than the global average.
– More than half of Indians think they cannot differentiate between an AI voice and real voice.
– 66 percent of Indian respondents said they would reply to a voicemail or voice note purporting to be from a friend or loved one in need of money.
– 27 percent of Indian adults are now warier of what they see online.

Protective Measures Suggested by the Report:

– Use a verbal codeword among family members and trusted close friends as a protective measure from voice scams.
– Use two-factor authentication to protect financial accounts and other sensitive information.
– Educate oneself and stay informed about the latest voice scam threats.
– If in doubt, verify the caller’s identity by asking questions that only a legitimate caller would know.
– Use the AI-powered call screening feature on smartphones to filter out suspicious or unwanted calls.

The report highlights the need for individuals and businesses to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves from AI voice scams. Cybercriminals are using AI tools to scale their efforts in increasingly convincing ways, making it difficult for individuals to detect and protect themselves from such scams.

The rise of deep fakes and disinformation has also led to people being wary of what they see online, with 27 percent of Indian adults saying they are now less trusting of social media than ever before and 43 percent being concerned over the rise of misinformation or disinformation.

Conclusion:

The survey by McAfee sheds light on the rising threat of AI voice scams and the need for individuals and businesses to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect themselves from such scams. The report suggests using a verbal codeword among family members and trusted close friends, using two-factor authentication, educating oneself about the latest voice scam threats, verifying the caller’s identity, and using the AI-powered call screening feature on smartphones as protective measures. Staying informed and taking preventive measures can go a long way in securing oneself from AI voice scams.

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