Social media giant Facebook has blocked over 10 fake ChatGPT apps that were attempting to frame users by asking for their personal information. The scamming apps, which imitated the popular language model ChatGPT, were designed to collect sensitive user data and could even lead to identity theft or financial loss.
The apps, which were hosted on third-party websites, were designed to look like ChatGPT’s official website and were heavily advertised on social media platforms. The scammers behind the apps would request users to enter their personal details, such as their name, email address, and phone number, as well as their credit card information in some cases. Once the users entered this information, the scammers could use it for fraudulent activities such as stealing money from bank accounts or applying for loans in their name.
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Facebook took swift action to prevent further damage, and a company spokesperson said, “We can confirm that we have removed over 10 fake ChatGPT apps that violated our policies. We urge people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity on our platform.”
This is not the first time scammers have targeted ChatGPT. Last year, several phishing attacks were launched against users, where hackers tried to trick users into clicking on malicious links that would install malware on their devices.
To stay safe from such scams, experts recommend that users should always download apps from trusted sources and avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. Users should also avoid sharing their personal information with anyone online and should enable two-factor authentication on their social media accounts.
As online scams become increasingly sophisticated, it’s crucial for users to be aware of the risks and take appropriate measures to protect their personal information. Companies like Facebook must also continue to be vigilant and proactive in detecting and removing fake apps and other fraudulent activities from their platforms.