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FBI warns of identity-theft scams

WASHINGTON — The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center warns of an increase in complaints reporting the use of deepfakes and stolen personally identifiable information to apply for a variety of remote work and work-at-home positions.

Deepfakes include a video, an image or recording convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said.

The remote work or work-from-home positions identified in these reports include information technology and computer programming, database and software-related job functions. Notably, some reported positions include access to customer PII, financial data, corporate IT databases and/or proprietary information. Complaints report the use of voice spoofing, or potentially voice deepfakes, during online interviews of the potential applicants.

In these interviews, the actions and lip movement of the person seen interviewed on-camera do not completely coordinate with the audio of the person speaking.

IC3 complaints also depict the use of stolen PII to apply for these remote positions. Victims have reported the use of their identities and pre-employment background checks discovered PII given by some of the applicants belonged to another individual.

Companies or victims who identify this type of activity should report it to the IC3, www.ic3.gov.

If available, include any subject information such as IP or email addresses, phone numbers or names provided.
Source: The Garden Island

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