Elon Musk Deepfake Promotes Crypto Scam on YouTube Live

By Jace Dela Cruz

Jun 24, 2024 05:21 AM EDT

A recent YouTube Live broadcast used a deepfake of Elon Musk to promote a crypto scam. 

Elon Musk Deepfake Promotes Crypto Scam

According to Engadget, the video, which ran for five hours, was designed to resemble a live stream from a Tesla event.

It featured an AI-generated version of Elon Musk's voice, encouraging viewers to visit a website and transfer their Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Dogecoin to participate in a supposed giveaway. 

The deceptive message claimed that the system would automatically return double the amount of cryptocurrency deposited.

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Google Takes Down the Video Featuring Elon Musk Deepfake

Following an inquiry from Engadget, Google removed both the video and the channel. This incident is part of a growing trend of scammers using deepfakes to exploit the likeness of high-profile individuals to deceive viewers. 

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