77 pct Indians Face Fake AI-Generated Photos On Dating Platforms And Social Media

At least 65 per cent of Indians admit to using AI tools like ChatGPT to make their profiles better or create messages.
Dating Scams

65 per cent of Indians admit to using AI tools like ChatGPT to make their profiles better.

A whopping 77 per cent of Indians have encountered fake profiles or AI-generated photos on dating apps and social media, according to a new study conducted by McAfee. The survey, which included 7,000 participants across seven countries including India, investigated the influence of AI on online dating. Results revealed a growing use of AI tools in romantic interactions, sparking concerns regarding issues such as catfishing and scams.
According to the study, at least 39 per cent fell victim to romance scams, while 26 per cent unknowingly interacted with AI bots instead of real individuals. The findings also revealed that people in India were most likely to have been the victim of a catfish, where 37 per cent said they’d been targeted by an online fraudster, with those in the US (32 per cent) not far behind.
The study also mentioned that at least 65 per cent of Indians admit to using AI tools like ChatGPT to make their profiles better or create messages. As Valentine's Day gets closer, 56 per cent of Indians are thinking about using AI to write messages for their romantic interests because it makes them feel more confident.
The data further revealed that two-thirds of adults were unable to tell the difference between a love letter written by AI and one written by a human being.. The main concerning revelation was that 91 per cent of Indians admitted to, or knew someone who had, engaged in regular conversations with strangers via social media or text messages. This vulnerability exposes individuals to sophisticated scams orchestrated by cybercriminals, exploiting the pursuit of love for personal gain.
“With the rise in popularity of artificial intelligence, particularly tools such as ChatGPT that anybody with a web browser can access, the chances of receiving machine-generated information are on the rise,” said Steve Grobman, McAfee Chief Technology Officer.
How to Protect Yourself
- Avoid being fooled by AI-generated text by being on high alert and scrutinizing any texts, emails, or direct messages you receive from strangers.
- There are a few tell-tale signs of an AI-written message. For example, at least for now, AI often uses short sentences and reuses the same words. Additionally, AI may create content that says a lot without saying much at all. Because AI is programmed to not form opinions, their messages may sound substance-less.
- Never send money or gifts to someone you haven’t met in person—even if they send you money first.
- Take the relationship slowly. Ask questions and look for inconsistent answers.
- Try a reverse-image search of any profile pictures the person uses. If they’re associated with another name or with details that don’t match up, it’s likely a scam.
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