Finance employee pays $25 million after video call with fake ‘CFO’

(CNN) — A finance employee at a multinational company was tricked into paying US$25 million to technology fraudsters com. deepfake to impersonate the company’s chief financial officer in a video conference, according to Hong Kong police.

In the An elaborate scamThe worker was tricked into attending a video call with who he thought were other employees, but it was all actually a fake re-enactment, Hong Kong police said in a press conference on Friday.

“(In) the video conference in which several people participated, it turned out that everyone who saw it was fake,” Chief Superintendent Baron Chan Shun Cheng told the city’s public broadcaster and broadcaster.

Chan said the worker became suspicious after receiving a message purportedly from the UK-based company’s CFO. At first, the worker suspected it was a phishing email, as it talked about the need for a confidential transaction.

However, Chan said the worker put his initial doubts aside after the video call because the other people present looked and talked just like the colleagues he recognized.

The famous Hong Kong skyline. Del de la Rey/AFP

Believing all the other people on the call were real, the worker agreed to transfer a total of HK$200 million, or about US$25.6 million, the police officer added.

The case is one of several recent episodes in which scammers are believed to have used deepfake technology to alter publicly available videos and other images to trick people out of their money.

At a press conference on Friday, Hong Kong police said they had arrested six people in connection with such scams.

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Eight stolen Hong Kong ID cards, all of which were reported missing, were used to make 90 loan applications and 54 bank account registrations between July and September last year, Chan said.

According to police, deepfakes using artificial intelligence have been used on at least 20 occasions to fool facial recognition software by imitating people who appear on ID cards.

The fraud involving the fake CFO was discovered only after the employee later consulted with the company’s headquarters.

Hong Kong Police did not reveal the name or details of the company or worker.

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