Investigators estimate that 70 per cent of scams in the UK originate from overseas or are linked to foreign criminal gangs – Saxon Mongkhonkhamsao/Moment RF
One of the country’s top fraud police officers has warned that scammers with poor English will use AI chatbots to unleash a new wave of crime on British victims.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Nick Adams, the commander who coordinates economic and cybercrime at the City of London Police, said the technology could target scammers from abroad by “scrubbing” British victims with hard-to-trace texts. Will enable Sloppy English.
A significant portion of the fraud originates from English-speaking countries such as Nigeria, India and Ghana, but Mr Adams warned that AI technology such as ChatGPT could enable scammers in non-English-speaking countries to adapt and translate texts Is.
“The world of deepfakes and impersonation scams continues to grow, and it will be harder for the public to differentiate between what is real and what is false,” Mr. Adams said.
Investigators estimate that 70 per cent of scams in the UK originate from overseas or are linked to foreign criminal gangs.
Fraud is now the most common crime in the UK, affecting one in 15 people, and costing it around £7 billion a year.
Fraud strategy of the new government
Last week, Home Secretary Suella Braverman unveiled the government’s new anti-counterfeiting strategy, which will involve bringing in three of Britain’s spy agencies – GCHQ, MI6 and MI5 – to work alongside new regional squads of police officers to crack down on fraudsters from overseas. Scammers targeting the UK can be found and stopped.
However, Mr Adams said: “Take the example of English speaking countries targeting the UK.
“AI will really help criminals clean up what is often quite a sloppy looking job – emails and text messages that people get where the English isn’t quite perfect, and you can see the flaws in it and it’s a potential hoax.” .
Last week, Suella Braverman unveiled the government’s new anti-counterfeiting strategy, which will involve bringing in three UK detective agencies to work alongside new regional squads of police officers – Leon Neil / Getty Images Europe
“AI is going to speed up a lot of things, and make it a lot harder for people to differentiate between real and fraud.
“This potentially opens the door for other countries that are not English speakers to use AI technology, such as GPT, to generate content in a foreign language that looks and translates perfectly into English.” It will be a challenge for us, America and other English speaking countries.
“It will work the other way. It will increase the risk in countries that currently do not face some of the same level of challenges because they are not English-speaking. Things will be able to appear more freely in their own languages,” They said.
The global threat comes as the government and police in the UK reform Action Fraud, the reporting center for fraud.
Set alongside this, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) uses AI to “join the dots” on all fraud in the UK to identify the criminals behind them and any new trends.
alert the public quickly
City of London police director Chris Bell, who is overseeing the £30 million reform, said the aim was to more quickly identify trends and threats and alert the public in an effort to prevent more people from being scammed.
“It’s important to us that we have the ability to identify those trends quickly, and get public information against some of these types of crimes, because they’re going to be much more compelling than what we’re able to do right now.” are,” he said.
“We can see some things that are going to be compelling, impactful [and] is credible, while at the moment there is still a large enough portion that people can take in, stop and think ‘is this really an authoritative point of view that I am getting?’
“It is important that we are able to get that public information faster than we are able to do now,” Mr Bell said.
On Tuesday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak warned that AI could make scams and misinformation harder to spot because “bad actors” used the technology.