Tips for Avoiding DeepFake Scams

When it comes to fake news, we’re all familiar with the term “deepfakes.” These are videos that use artificial intelligence to superimpose celebrity faces onto adult performers, and they have been making the rounds on social media for years now. But did you know that there are also deepfake scams?

If you haven’t heard of them before, beneath we’ll go over what they are and how to avoid them.

What is a DeepFake Scam?

A deepfake scam is a type of scam that uses AI to manipulate images and videos. It’s similar to the fake news phenomenon, but instead of creating entirely new content, it simply alters existing footage in order to make it look like something other than what it actually is.

For example, a deepfake scam might use AI to superimpose your face onto someone else’s body so that it looks like you’re engaged in risque activity with them. Or perhaps a celebrity’s face will be placed on top of yours so that they can seem like they’re doing things they never did—like endorsing products or making political statements.

How Do You Avoid Them?

Generally, we tend to believe the things that our eyes can see as a rule – which is why deepfakes are so effective. It’s important to remember that not all deepfakes are malicious.

Some people create them for fun or as a form of art, and there are plenty of good uses for them (such as helping law enforcement identify criminals).

But, it’s critical to be aware of their existence and the potential impact they could have on society if left unchecked.

Remain Skeptical

When it comes to deepfakes, there are several things you can do to avoid falling victim. The first is to remain skeptical of anything that doesn’t look right or seems out of place.

If the person in a video looks like they’re acting, then they probably are acting. If it seems like something was added to someone’s face or body in a way that makes them look different than normal, then it probably was added.

Another thing you can do is to look at the person’s other videos, if they have any. If they’ve made several videos and none of them have been altered, then it’s unlikely that this one has been either. If they’ve only posted one video and it looks like something was added or removed from it, then be on high alert.

Bad Proportions in DeepFake Videos

One of the most common things that you’ll see in fake videos is a person whose face looks like it’s been photoshopped onto someone else’s body. This can be done in many different ways, but it usually involves taking a picture of a person and then pasting them into another picture. You’ll be able to tell this is what happened if they don’t look like they’re standing up straight or they have odd proportions.

Reverify All Content

If you’re suspicious about a video’s credibility, taking to social media and checking the person in question’s reliability (or the one being faked) might be a great way to get that second source you need to ensure what you’re seeing is true.

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