Beware of Emergency Scams using AI: How Scammers are Using Artificial Intelligence to Manipulate Victims

As the chief editor of, I have seen my fair share of AI scams and hoaxes. But the latest trend in the AI world has me both perplexed and worried: emergency scams using artificial intelligence. It seems like scammers are always one step ahead in their quest to con innocent people out of their hard-earned money. But now, they're using AI to make their scams even more convincing and manipulative. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself from these dangerous scams.

What are emergency scams using AI?

Emergency scams using AI are a new type of scam where the scammer uses an AI-powered voice or chatbot to impersonate someone in a position of authority, like a doctor, lawyer, or government official. The scammer will typically contact the victim out of the blue, claiming that there is an emergency situation that requires immediate action, like a loved one in the hospital or a warrant for their arrest. They will then try to convince the victim to hand over money or personal information to resolve the situation.

How do scammers use AI to manipulate victims?

Scammers use AI to make their scams more convincing and manipulative in a few ways:

  • Personalization: AI-powered voice and chatbots can analyze the victim's voice and tone to create a personalized scam that feels like it's coming from someone the victim knows and trusts.
  • Speed: AI-powered chatbots can respond to victims quickly and efficiently, making it harder for victims to think clearly and rationally.
  • Deception: AI-powered chatbots can use natural language processing to mimic human conversation, making it harder for victims to detect that they're talking to a machine.

How can you protect yourself from emergency scams using AI?

Here are some tips to protect yourself from emergency scams using AI:

  • Verify the source: Always verify that the person or organization contacting you is legitimate before handing over any money or personal information. Ask for their name, organization, and contact information, and then verify that information independently before taking any action.
  • Be skeptical: If you receive an unexpected call or message claiming there is an emergency situation, be skeptical. Take a step back and evaluate the situation objectively. Don't let your emotions cloud your judgment.
  • Never hand over money or personal information: Never give out your credit card, bank account, or social security number to someone you don't know and trust.
  • Report the scam: If you think you've been targeted by an emergency scam using AI, report it to your local authorities and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Trivia time! Did you know that the first AI-powered chatbot was created in the 1960s? It was called ELIZA and was designed to mimic a psychotherapist. While ELIZA was limited in its capabilities, it paved the way for the sophisticated AI-powered chatbots we have today.