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October 4, 2023

How an AI deepfake ad of MrBeast ended up on TikTok

  • A fraudulent MrBeast ad avoided TikTok’s ad moderation technology and ended up on the platform.
  • MrBeast is a very popular influencer, with more subscribers than any other individual on YouTube.
  • The ad appeared to offer 10,000 viewers an iPhone 15 Pro for just $2.
  • In most instances, this could clearly be perceived as a scam, but coming from MrBeast, it could lead many to believe it.
  • TikTok told TechCrunch that it removed the ad within a few hours of being posted due to violations to TikTok’s advertising policies.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Security experts send urgent social media warning to UK residents

  • Security experts ADT, have shared their top tips for posting safely online and how to keep your home safe.
  • Criminals can stalk social media profiles and use what you post online to their advantage, when planning potential break-ins.
  • ADT offer six top tips on how to avoid a social media break in.
  • They include, not giving strangers a virtual tour of your house, keeping your plans off social media, avoiding sharing geotags, making sure you know who you are sharing with, not posting images or videos of gifts and simply considering what you post.
  • For more, please visit the Stourbridge News website.

PSNI scam warning after student in NI loses £200k

  • Police have issued a warning after an international student from China, studying in NI was scammed out of £200,000.
  • The PSNI have said, that a fake phone call was made to the woman where she was told she was suspected of being involved in money laundering.
  • Two other men who stated they were from ‘Bejing Police’ spoke with her and threatened her with arrest if she didn’t pay the £200,000.
  • Last year, the PSNI received similar reports of scammers who targeted Chinese students studying in Belfast.
  • Detective Superintendent Thornton stated: “The easiest way to stop a scam is to always hang up the call immediately; always delete texts requesting personal information or bank account details; never call the number back; never click on links in text, or respond to unsolicited texts; never ever transfer money to another account.”.
  • If you have been a victim of a scam, report this to police on 101, contact your bank immediately, online at or call 0300 123 2040.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Live website.

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