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Senior citizen falls victim to ‘sextortion’ using deepfake of former top cop

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An AI generated deepfake video of a former additional general of police Prem Prakash was used to ‘sextort' a 74 year old Arvind Sharma for siphoning off Rs 74,000 in .

According to the police, the victim's daughter filed a complaint stating that her 74-year-old father was blackmailed by scammers using a deepfake video and threatened to implicate him in false cases and also share an objectionable video of him on if he did not pay them.

The case:

Arvind Sharma, who works as a clerk in a private company, was contacted by fraudsters through a Facebook video call. Sharma took the call but disconnected it within seconds after seeing a nude woman on the other side.

After an hour, he got another video call on WhatsApp, from a police uniform who threatened him of releasing the objectionable video featuring the nude girl and Sharma.

Sharma, feared that it would cause him huge embarrassment, transferred Rs 5,000 to a bank account number given by them.”But they demanded another Rs 10,000 and then Rs 50,000 as my father kept paying. He also took a loan from the company where he works.

Based on the complaint, the Ghaziabad Police registered a case against the unidentified accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology (IT) Act.

Based on the complaint, the Ghaziabad Police registered an under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology (IT) Act.

Deepfake is a digital method where one can replace a person's likeness convincingly with that of another using Artificial Intelligence technology.

Even the has issued a stern warning to social media platforms, highlighting the legal provisions governing such deepfakes and the associated penalties.

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