Incident 500: Online Scammers Tricked People into Sending Money Using AI Images of Earthquake in Turkey

Description: AI-generated images depicting earthquakes and rescues were posted on social media platforms by scammers who tricked people into sending funds to their crypto wallets disguised as donation links for the 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquake.


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Alleged: unknown developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed social media users and 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquake victims.

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Scammers profit from Turkey-Syria earthquake · 2023

Scammers are using the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria to try to trick people into donating to fake causes, security experts have warned.

These scams claim to raise money for survivors, left without heat or water following the disasters tha…


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