Don’t Trust Your Eyes & Ears! – Deepfake Phishing in the Era of AI

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Deepfakes – They Will Deceive You

In our digital world, the boundary between illusion and reality is becoming increasingly thin. Due to recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning, we are witnessing a new era of deception – the so-called deepfakes.

Deepfakes are forgeries of digital media content, now created with astonishing realism. This can include false audio recordings, counterfeit photos, manipulated videos, or a combination thereof. Even in live video meetings, digitally simulated participants have already been discovered.

Voice Phishing 2.0

The popularity of generative AI now allows anyone to clone any voice patterns and convert text – even in real-time – into speech. A new caliber of voice phishing (vishing) is approaching us all.

Imagine receiving a call from a beloved family member claiming to be in urgent distress and needing your financial support. Or perhaps your boss personally asks you for some confidential information. But what if these callers aren’t really your relatives or your boss, but fraudsters who have cloned their voices? These horror scenarios are no longer fiction. Such attacks have indeed already occurred numerous times and represent only the tip of the iceberg of potential abuse of these technologies.

Protect Yourself!

Here are some strategies to help you protect yourself from these deceptively real attacks:

1. Always be skeptical and question everything: Even if a person or message appears absolutely authentic, question the situation. Make sure it is indeed the person they claim to be.

2. Watch for unusual behavior: If someone acts completely differently than expected, it could be a sign that something is wrong.

3. Be careful with astonishing visual content: A surprising photo or video could have been manipulated.

4. Be wary of financial or confidential requests: If you receive a voice message or call from someone asking for money or confidential information, be very cautious.

5. Look for signs of forgeries in images and audio files: In images, blurry areas, reduced facial expressions, an empty gaze, and strange light and shadow conditions can indicate a forgery. In audio files, signs such as unnatural, metallic sound, monotonous speech, unnatural speech patterns, and unusual pauses can indicate manipulation.

6. Be cautious with unknown and suspicious sources: Be inherently distrustful of unknown or untrustworthy sources. It’s always better to check twice before divulging confidential information or responding to a request.


Technologies such as AI and machine learning are not only used to create deepfakes but also to detect and combat them. AI-based software can identify deepfakes by looking for anomalies that go beyond the human eye or ear. These tools are becoming more sophisticated and can help protect us from the dangerous effects of these fraudulent practices.

You can verify the authenticity and origin of a photo yourself on the internet using a reverse image search. Here are several services available:

The metadata of a photo, which provides information about the location and time of the shot, can be read at

If you suspect a video is a deepfake, you can have it checked at A reverse search for YouTube videos is possible at

The future is here, and it is marked by artificial intelligence and digitally created content. With every technological advance comes new challenges and dangers. But by staying informed and skeptical, you can ensure you don’t fall victim to deepfake phishing. Stay vigilant and be safe.

In a world where deception has become so easy, a critical viewpoint forms our strongest weapon.

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