“Hello, this is the Constable Ian Warren from Counties Manukau Police Dept. I am calling to inform you that your spouse is under police custody, and we will need $$$ from you to bail him out. I’m going to need you send me $600 to this account ASAP”.
It saddens us that we have been the victims of scam calls for many years. While we tell ourselves “we wouldn’t fall for such simple scams”, it is by no means a matter to laugh off. Hundreds, if not thousands of men and women fall for such “simple scams”.
We feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed. In our combined interest for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Security, we have come up with a potential solution - a mobile application designed to listen into phone calls looking for words and techniques commonly used by scammers. Once the app detects a call as a potential ‘scam call’, it would notify the user urging them to be cautious about giving away any personal details.
In our pursuit to crack down on scammers and prevent innocent people from being scammed, we've put forward this proposal.
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