Sam Bankman-Fried Deepfake Circulating on Twitter Try to Scam FTX Victims
The FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried appeared in a deepfake on Twitter on Friday, claiming he would double users’ cryptocurrency in a typical giveaway scam and make them whole again. As a matter of fact, the account was verified and mimicked SBF’s actual account.
The Deepfake promise to double user crypto
By empathizing with Bankman-Fried’s voice and likeness, the poorly made “deepfake” video attempts to convince users to visit a malicious site in exchange for a “giveaway.”
“Hello everyone. As you know our FTX exchange is going bankrupt,” the SBF deepfake said.
“But I hasten to inform all users that you should not panic. As compensation for the loss we have prepared a giveaway for you in which you can double your cryptocurrency. To do this, just go to the site ftxcompensation.com,” he added.
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According to the Motherboard, FTX’s bankruptcy has apparently led to the suspension of verified Twitter account S4GE_ETH, who posed as Bankman-Fried and offered free cryptocurrency to anyone affected.
Well the lips are altered to match the voiceover, so isn't that a deepfake? The timing is quite poor but I'm good at reading lips, he def is mouthing the same words we hear verbally
— Cap'n Frat (@FRATLITTLE) November 21, 2022
The community response
An old SBF interview video appears to have been adjusted with new dialogue using deepfakes, which use AI technology to create realistic-looking facial movements to match the new audio.
“Pretty obvious scam. It’s not a deepfake though, just a poorly done voiceover,” said one Twitter user.
Another users saw the video only repeating the same word, “Well the lips are altered to match the voiceover, so isn’t that a deepfake? The timing is quite poor but I’m good at reading lips, he def is mouthing the same words we hear verbally.”
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There are also some Twitter users making jokes about deepfaking and the scheme, “Seems to be legit to me. I gave them all my crypto ($0) and now it’s doubled ($0),” said one user.
Seems to be legit to me. I gave them all my crypto ($0) and now it's doubled ($0).
— Call of Duty and the Dream of Horses (@PersonalBeavis) November 21, 2022
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