Head of Romania’s central bank ‘deepfaked’ by scammers

NBR says fraudsters’ use of AI-generated video points to increasing risks from manipulated imagery

The National Bank of Romania
The National Bank of Romania
Andrea Gagyi

The governor of the National Bank of Romania has been targeted in a deepfake video that appears to show him encouraging people to invest in a financial scam. 

The central bank said in a statement on February 5 that the video – which features Mugur Isârescu’s manipulated image and voice – had been posted on social networks. 

A central bank spokesperson tells Central Banking that the fake video had appeared on Facebook as paid advertising. “Since Facebook allows these posts without considering them

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