Deepfake AI scams expected to surge in 2024

The public is being advised by the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to brace for more widespread crime involving deepfake AI technology in the year to come.

The concerns of national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol were yesterday relayed to the public by Pol Maj Gen Siriwat Deephor, a deputy spokesman for the RTP.

He said Pol Maj Gen Siriwat was particularly concerned about the rise in more advanced AI technology, especially the so-called deepfake AI used by criminals to lure victims into scams, said Pol Maj Gen Siriwat.

Deepfake technology, which can swap faces and imitate the voices of others, could be used to make a deceptive video or voice clip of a well-known figure, he said.

"The same AI technology might sometimes be used to generate fake pornographic video clips to blackmail someone," he said. "Using AI to generate fake news intending to stir up public misunderstanding is also an increasingly worrying possibility in 2024."

So as not to fall victim to such high-tech scams, members of the public are being advised to think twice about content or information they come across online rather than immediately conclude it is real, Pol Gen Torsak advised.

More importantly, people should never rush to make any financial transactions online until they can verify they are dealing with a genuine business or individual.

As for this year, the most common form of online crime, and the subject of more than 150,000 police complaints, involved the buying or selling of goods or services, he said.


  • advise: to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation - แนะนำ, แจ้ง
  • come across (verb): to meet or find somebody/something by chance - พบโดยบังเอิญ
  • conclude: to decide that something is true after looking at all the facts you have - ตัดสินใจ, สรุป
  • deceptive: designed to mislead -
  • deepfake: a computer-generated image or video based on manipulating existing images using artificial intelligence -
  • fall victim to: to be harmed by something - เป็นเหยื่อ
  • generate: to produce - ก่อให้เกิด
  • genuine: real; honest - แท้
  • lure (verb): to persuade someone to do something by making it seem very attractive - หลอกล่อ
  • relay: to pass something on (information, money, etc.) from one person or place to another - ส่งผ่าน
  • rush (verb): to move or do something very quickly - รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
  • scam: a dishonest plan, especially for getting money - กลโกง, แผนร้าย
  • surge: to increase very quickly - เพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • verify: to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct - พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
  • widespread: happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people - อย่างแพร่หลาย
  • worrying (adj): that makes you worry - น่าหนักใจ
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