Mom Says Creeps Used AI to Fake Daughter's Kidnapping

Horrifying Phone Call A mom says criminals used AI to clone the voice of her 15-year-old daughter to fake a kidnapping and try to get a ransom — a shocking incident that underlines just how far the technology has come and how easily it can be abused. It all began when the mother, Jennifer DeStefano, got a call from a mysterious number. “I pick up the phone and I hear my daughter’s voice, and it says, ‘Mom!’ and she’s sobbing,” DeStefano told Arizona-based news station WKYT. “I said, ‘What happened?’ And she said, ‘Mom, I messed up,’ and she’s sobbing and crying.” It was clearly a horrifying exchange. According to the mother, a man’s voice said: “put your head back, lie down.” The man warned DeStefano that he would “pop her so full of drugs” if she were to call the cops. “I’m going to have my way with her and I’m going to drop her off in Mexico,” the man said, disgustingly. After DeStefano balked after being asked for a $1 million ransom, the man reportedly lowered his demand to $50,000. Happy Ending The incident ended just as abruptly as it started. It didn’t take much for DeStefano to confirm her daughter was safe in her room — and extremely confused. The tech the criminals used to clone the teen’s voice clearly was extremely convincing, she says. “It was completely her voice,” DeStefano told WKYT. “It was her inflection. It was the way she would have cried. I never…Mom Says Creeps Used AI to Fake Daughter's Kidnapping

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