Cybercriminals Clone A Woman’s Voice and Steal ₹32,000 Using AI
Vulnerabilists exploit AI vocal cloning to deceive a woman from Lucknow out of ₹32,000 in a tragic scheme. Police commence an investigation.
Lucknow: In a disturbing demonstration of technology misuse, a woman in Lucknow became the victim of a sophisticated cybercrime on Sunday evening. The offenders employed artificial intelligence (AI) to replicate her brother-in-law’s voice, deceiving her into transferring ₹32,000 by falsely claiming it was for immediate medical costs.
Rajlakshmi Dohre, a Subhash Nagar resident, received a call from an unidentified number. The caller, who uncannily imitated the voice of her brother-in-law Dharmendra, told a story of hardship. He asserted that his daughter had been admitted to the hospital and he urgently required financial aid to pay for the increasing medical expenses.
In order to provide further support to his account, he invented specific information on unsuccessful UPI transactions, compelling Rajlakshmi to transfer the funds straight to his mobile number.
Rajlakshmi, taken by surprise and consumed by worry for her niece’s welfare, became a victim of the intricate deception. Without hesitating to inquire or authenticate the caller’s identity, she promptly sent ₹32,000, her diligently earned funds, to the specified phone number. Subsequently, after reaching out to her genuine brother-in-law, she came to the dreadful realization that she had fallen victim to a fraud.
“I experienced intense panic upon learning about my niece’s hospitalization,” Rajlakshmi recalled, her voice filled with sorrow. “His voice bore an uncanny resemblance to that of Dharmendra, leaving no room for doubt in my mind.” I simply desired to assist them.
The occurrence has caused significant alarm throughout the community, prompting concerns regarding the increasing complexity of cybercriminal strategies. The utilization of AI-driven voice cloning introduces an additional level of intricacy to these fraudulent schemes; hence, further complicating the task of distinguishing authentic distress calls from sophisticated deceptions for unwary victims.
A case has been registered by the Krishnanagar police and they are currently conducting an investigation into the matter. The Senior Police Officer, JP Singh, provided reassurance to the people that every possible measure is being taken to apprehend the culprits and ensure they face legal consequences.
“This case emphasizes the necessity for heightened vigilance and consciousness regarding online transactions and phone calls,” Singh declared. “We strongly advise individuals to exercise caution when receiving unexpected phone calls, particularly those that involve alleged emergencies, and to authenticate the caller’s identity prior to engaging in any financial transactions.”
This is not the initial occurrence. Previously, a guy from Lucknow experienced a distressing scam in which an artificial intelligence voice imitated his uncle’s desperate calls for assistance, resulting in a loss of ₹45,500 last month. Kartikeya, swayed by the uncannily precise voice replication and counterfeit bank notifications, proceeded to transfer the funds prior to discerning the fraudulent nature of the scheme.
The cybercrime, which was filed at Gomtinagar police station, demonstrates the increasing complexity of online fraud and highlights the importance of being watchful. This serves as a clear reminder to exercise caution, authenticate the identity of the sender, and refrain from engaging in new financial transactions.
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