Finance Employee Gets Scammed for Over $25M by Deepfake CFO

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A thief used clever deepfake technology to drain a multinational company’s Hong Kong branch of $25.6 million USD ($200M HKD) by staging a fake conference call featuring digitally recreated versions of company employees.

As originally reported by CNN, a finance worker at a multinational firm was suspicious of an email he received from his company’s UK-based CFO about a secret transaction. It wasn’t until he attended a video conference call about the transaction which included who he believed to be the CFO and other employees that the employee put aside his early doubts. Once the call ended and after hearing and seeing who he believed to be co-workers on the video call, the employee made the $25.6M USD transaction.

The scam was discovered later when the employee reached out to the corporation’s head office.

This case is one of several recent incidents in which scammers are believed to have used the deepfake technology to alter publicly available video and other footage to cheat people out of money.

Hong Kong police said they made six arrests in connection with identity card scams, in which fraudsters used deepfake technology to imitate people pictured on lost identity cards to trick facial recognition programs.

Source: Finance worker pays out $25 million after video call with deepfake ‘chief financial officer’ | CNN

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Source: Social Engineering Cyberattacks on the Rise | Transport Topics (

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