Public Announcement on the Increase of Complaints for Deepfakes and Stolen Personally Identifiable Information

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A common method of identity theft is through credit card information or through someone’s social security number, but what if someone stole an individual’s likeness for their benefit?

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The FBI issued a Public Service Announcement, warning the public of an increase of complaints surrounding the use of deepfakes and stolen Personally Identifiable Information.

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 FBI reported that people are using these methods to apply for a variety of remote work and work-at-home positions.

Complaints report the use of these deepfakes during online interviews of the potential applicants.

Employers conducting the interview noted that the actions and lip movement of the person seen interviewed on-camera do not completely match with the audio of the person speaking.

The FBI finds that the job positions with complaints of deepfakes include Information Technology and Computer Programming, database, and Software Related job functions.

Notably, some reported positions have access to customer PII, financial data, corporate IT databases, and or proprietary information.

The FBI encourages companies or victims who identify this type of activity to report it to the IC3 at WWW.IC3.GOV.