Chinese netizens on alert over AI scam
A victim surnamed Guo, who owns a technology company in Fuzhou, East China‘s Fujian province, was cheated out of 4.3 million yuan ($611,000) in 10 minutes, according to police.
During the video call, the scammer convinced Guo that he needed Guo’s corporate account to pay 4.3 million yuan in deposits for bidding on a project.
The scammer asked for Guo’s bank card number, claimed that he already transferred 4.3 million yuan into Guo’s account, and sent a screenshot of the bank transfer receipt to Guo via WeChat.
Trusting his friend, Guo transferred 4.3 million yuan to the scammer in two payments, without verifying whether the money had arrived.
“I received the video call. I verified the face and the voice. So I let my guard down,” Guo said.
After receiving the report, police in Fuzhou and Baotou quickly blocked the transaction and successfully stopped the transfer of 3.36 million yuan. However, the rest was transferred and is now the subject of retrieval efforts.
The case has triggered heated discussion on staying alert from AI scams on China’s social media.
As of Monday, the topic on how to prevent AI scams was viewed 170 million times and generated 9,579 discussions.
On April 11, the Cyberspace Administration of China sought public feedback on a draft of management measures for generative AI services, which attracted much attention on the authenticity of the content and the security of training data.